Replacing clunker appliances for extra-green rebates in California

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cash for clunker appliances rebatesCustomers of Southern California Edison (SCE) and Southern California Gas Co. (The Gas Company) can receive extra rebates from the state when they purchase new qualifying energy-efficient appliances and recycle their old energy-guzzling models.

California’s Cash for Appliances program, which is funded by $35.2 million in federal stimulus dollars, will apply to new, energy-efficient refrigerators, room air conditioners and clothes washers. Although SCE’s and The Gas Company’s rebate programs will be available year-round, the Cash for Appliances rebates will only be available on a first-come, first-served basis for qualified purchases made from April 22 to May 23, 2010 or until rebate funds are no longer available.

Residential customers may receive one rebate for each type of appliance: $200 for a new refrigerator; $100 for a new clothes washer; or $50 for a room air conditioner. The state rebates can also be combined with the energy-efficient appliance rebates being offered by the utilities.

“We want to encourage customers to take advantage of the incentives being offered by the state and the utilities when buying energy-efficient appliances,” said Mark Gaines, director of customer programs for The Gas Company. “By doing so, customers are doing their part to help conserve precious natural resources all year-round and put a little ‘green’ back in their pocket.”

“Southern California Edison hopes that this program gives customers an extra nudge to get those inefficient energy-hogging appliances out of the house. Any time consumers choose an efficient appliance over an inefficient one, it reduces their electricity bill and it helps the planet. Everyone wins,” said Gene Rodrigues, SCE’s director of Energy Efficiency and Solar.

Combining the California Cash for Appliances rebates with The Gas Company’s and SCE’s 2010 energy-efficient rebates can help customers earn up to $535 in cash back when buying new appliances.

For more information about the California Cash for Appliances rebates, call 1 (888) 390-4034. To read about the program’s rules, find out which appliance models quality for rebates, and get details on recycling old appliances visit the California Cash for Appliances website, www.cash4appliances.org.

Rebates for SCE’s programs are at www.sce.com/rebatesandsavings; for The Gas Company energy-efficiency rebates, visit www.socalgas.com/rebates.

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