Minnesota’s appliance stimulus rebate program approved

The U.S. Department of Energy finally approved Minnesota’s “Trade In & Save Appliance Program” (aka Dollars for Dishwashers, Cash for Appliances, etc.) with a target start date of March 10, 2010.

Part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the program will offer approximately 25,000 rebates for consumers who buy an Energy Star-rated replacement for the following appliances:

Energy Star appliances use 20 percent less energy than the standard model. As shown above, refrigerators and freezers must be recycled to receive the full rebate amount. The reason for this is to encourage consumers to take these energy-suckers completely off the grid, rather than using them as spares or selling them. A fridge purchased in the 1990s carries more than double the energy costs of a new Energy Star model.

Warners’ Stellian recycles (and delivers) appliances for free with minimum purchase ($499).

Rebates are limited to one per household and cannot be applied to previous purchases. Check the Energy Star Web site and the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE) for additional rebates.

Don’t overlook the money saved by replacing sooner. A refrigerator, washer and dishwasher bought in the ’90s cost $207 more per year in utility costs than current, energy-efficient models.

Warners’ Stellian has officially partnered with the state Office of Energy Security to offer in-kind services that help keep administrative costs down to ensure the maximum amount of rebates for the approximately $5 million our state will receive.

Sign up for our “Cash for Appliances” e-mail list and we’ll keep you informed of the latest state and federal news about the rebate program.

To sign up, simply e-mail me at stimulus@warnersstellian.com with SUBSCRIBE in the subject line.

8 thoughts on “Minnesota’s appliance stimulus rebate program approved

  1. would like to get in on rebate offer.

    1. Randy,

      Customers can’t reserve rebates until the program starts on March 1. I’ll subscribe you to our Stimulus News Alerts, which others can subscribe to by e-mail stimulus@warnersstellian.com with the subject SUBSCRIBE.

      Thanks for commenting,

  2. Barry Hollingsworth March 1, 2010 — 8:14 am


  3. clarence foyen March 1, 2010 — 8:48 am

    looked all over for a rebate application form but no luck

    1. Yes, that’s what everyone’s saying. They’re experiencing a tech glitch, apparently.


  4. Dollars for Dishwashers and Cash for Appliances is a really great incentive for people to get more efficient equipment which will save them money on electricity while putting less of a load on the electricity grid. It is wonderful when government steps up with incentives like these to both stimulate the economy and “reduce the load” at the same time.

    Living in South Africa we’ve experienced free compact fluorescent globes (some of us anyways…LOL) and rebates on solar geysers (but not the affordable low pressure versions which can be seen everywhere, but only for approved mega-expensive high-pressure systems, for which there were a couple of hundred subsidies paid out last year)

    It would be fabulous if our government could come up with an effective program, just like Minnesota’s.

    Until next time, do have a lovely day all!


    1. Richie,

      It was a good program for a lot of Minnesotans, I believe. Hopefully, it educated homeowners in general about the benefits of energy-efficient appliances.

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