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Does your refrigerator make some scary noises? Or has your dishwasher turned into extra cabinet space? If you’ve answered yes to either of these questions, it might be time for a replacement, and Massachusetts is here to help by paying you to go out with the old, and in with the new.


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“With some of the Recovery Act money from the Federal Government, we’ve got a one-time incentive for you to get rid of your clunker refrigerator or freezer, dishwasher or clothes washer, some of the largest energy users in your home, and some significant incentives for you to come back and replace these with more modern models that use less electricity,” Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Secretary Ian Bowles says.

Starting on Earth Day, April 22, consumers can register for the “Great Appliance Exchange,” becoming eligible to save a few bucks on newer, more energy efficient appliances that will save you even more money on your energy bill. “You can get up to $250 back for some of the larger appliances and that’s a great deal for people,” Bowles says.

Here’s how it works: on April 22 at 10 a.m., go to www.masssave.com and click on “For Your Home.” Then follow the link to the Great Appliance Exchange. Here, you’ll be able to register for a reservation number. This is important because you can not be eligible for the rebate without one.

Just be sure you follow the instructions carefully on the website to ensure you receive your rebate.

“Consumers should act quickly because we expect a lot of demand, we think we’ll be able to accommodate more than 20,000 people in the program, but it’s first come first served, so get out there and get your reservation and get your new appliances,” Bowles says.

Depending on where you go, there are all kinds of sales and deals going on that can save you even more cash.

“A couple of sweet deals that we have now is a dishwasher that after all rebates, said and done, is $49. We’ve got a high efficiency front load washing machine, after all is said and done, $249. Refrigerators, $199 and freezers, $249, so there are some substantial rebates,” Michael Poirier of Poirier Sales and Service says.

Certain towns might even offer more incentives to their residents, “for example, the Town of Norwood has $50 rebate if you buy a high efficiency washing machine just because you live in the Town of Norwood. Dedham/Westwood Water District has $100 rebate offer. The Town of Sharon has a $200 rebate offer,” Poirier says.

So if your washing machine has seen better days, now might be the perfect time to get a new one. You can get paid to get rid of that old clunker, and save even more money down the road on your energy bills.


WEIGH IN ON AJ'S BLOG:

It is amazing to me just how much money is out there waiting to be claimed by people who want to improve efficiency of their homes and lower their energy bills. It's like someone paying you to save money!

The Commonwealth's latest program, "The Great Aplliance Exchange," offered through MassSave (www.masssave.com) is just one way you can actually save a bunch of money to replace something that might need to be replaced soon anyway AND that will run better and help lower your energy consumption and you monthly bill. Beginning April 22 (Earth Day), you can sign up to receive a rebate when you purchase a new dishwasher, washing machine, refrigerator, or freezer... up to $250 back, depending on whcih appliance you're replacing.

There are some specific instructions you'll need to follow to get your rebate and you're encouraged to act quickly as there are a limited number of reservations that will be made available. You do need a reservation from the website or the 800-number (also on the site) before you purchase the appliance and, in turn, be eligable for the rebate.

MassSave also has a ton of other ways to save money on energy improvement projects in your home. I, personally, have gone through them to try to save money on winter heating costs. My wife and I purchased a home last summer and discovered that there was no insulation in the walls and only minimal and poorly installed insulation in our attic. We were hit with an oil bill of well over $600... for one month! We called MassSave and they performed an energy audit of our home -- told us where we were losing most of our heat, suggested other ways to save on our electric bill, gave us free high efficiency bulbs and airators for our sink and shower. We were shocked to find out that through MassSave, 75% of our attic insulatuion project would be paid for by National Grid. Our out-of-pocket expense for the insulation would pay for itself in just a year or two. What's more, we're eligable again for the same savings on insulation for our walls next year... and we already have the estimate for the project! That also will pay for itself in a year or two. Our electric bill also went down by about $35 the month after we began using the low-energy bulbs.

There's also money out there for people who wish to update their heating and cooling systems and low/no interest loans available for bigger projects.

I'm not endorsing any product or business. All I'm saying is that it worked for us, maybe it could work for you, too!

Their website: www.masssave.com

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