Recycle Your Fridge, Get Cash

When it comes to all the government rebates out there, I have trouble understanding how to cash in on everything. I totally missed out on the “cash for clunkers” concept, but I want to take advantage of the more than $300 million available in rebates for energy-saving appliances.
“Appliances consume a huge amount of our electricity, so there’s enormous potential to both save energy and save families money every month,” said Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu in a press release. “These rebates will help families make the transition to more efficient appliances, making purchases that will directly stimulate the economy and create jobs.” (source)

Sears is a great resource for helping homeowners through the process. On their site is a super helpful rebate calculator along with tips for the rebate process and state guidelines.
To help make the clearing out your old appliances easier, Sears will come to your door and haul away that old freezer and dispose of it through the Responsible Appliance Disposal (RAD) program. The program is rolling out state-by-state, so be sure to visit the site to make sure you’re able to cash in now.
Unlike the “cash for clunkers” program, you don’t need to donate an old appliance to enjoy the rebate – they’re available for anyone looking to purchase an Energy Star rated item.
If you don’t know about the EPA’s RAD program, you can visit their site here. The program ensures that your old fridge, freezer, air conditioner and more are disposed of properly.
Photo: Steve Snodgrass

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Timothy Dahl

Timothy Dahl

Founder/EIC at Charles & Hudson
Timothy’s background includes stints at This Old House, ELLE DECOR, Metropolitan Home and Woman’s Day. His work has been published on Wired Design, Bob Vila, DIY Network, The Family Handyman and Popular Mechanics and he has been featured on the Martha Stewart radio show and as a speaker at the ALT Design Summit, K/BIS and the National Hardware Show.
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