We’ve been getting talked about a lot in the last week now that the appliance stimulus (aka Cash for Clunkers Appliances, aka Dollars for Dishwashers) will begin the rebate reservation process on Monday at 8 a.m.
Even my phone’s been ringing with people who want to know how to get money back for purchasing new Energy Star appliances like refrigerators, dishwashers and washers.
Oh, and freezers.
Yup, freezers count, too. Out of the approximately 25,400 rebates available in the state of Minnesota, 1,999 of them are earmarked for those replacing a freezer. I have only gotten one call about a freezer, which leads me to think people might not realize they’re included in this program!
The rebate for replacing a freezer will earn you $100 if you “demanufacture” (fancy word for recycling) your old one or $50 if you just purchase a new one.
Freezers aren’t the most exciting replacement. Usually they’re relegated to a basement or garage or mudroom or something, so you don’t think about it unless it breaks. But even if it’s working, it could be costing you dearly.
A freezer from before 1993 wastes $35 a year in utility costs. A freezer from the 1980s? That’s setting you back $70 in energy costs annually.
Whether you’d like a smaller, chest-style freezer like this 9 cu. ft. model for $399:
Or a larger chest-style freezer like this 15 cu. ft. model for $529.95
For more capacity that you don’t have to defrost, you could step up to an upright-style freezer, 16.6 cu. ft., for $649.95:
And then there’s our grandaddy-of-them-all freezer: a 20.5 cu. ft. upright-style, frost-free (with the pizza shelf and the ice cream zone…) for $749.95:
(My mom has this one, being the jellymaker and “It’s on sale, so I’m going to stock up”-type of woman she is. I can’t believe she still hasn’t reached capacity yet.)
Anyways, I think the freezer rebates will last the longest, so you might have a better shot at getting money for one of these than say, a washing machine.
Here’s how to get a appliance stimulus rebate, in case you missed it.