In the market for a new washing machine? How about a refrigerator? Now’s the time to buy, says Uncle Sam. The government is unveiling its latest version of “cash for clunkers,” this time for energy-efficient kitchen appliances.
The Department of Energy recently allocated $300 million toward its Cash for Appliances program, which offers rebates for consumers who buy Energy Star-rated appliances – washing machines, refrigerators, dishwashers, and heating and cooling units. The program varies widely from state to state, but the goal is the same, says Jen Stutsman, spokeswoman with the Department of Energy.
“Our goal is to encourage consumers to transition to Energy Star appliances that will save both money and the environment in the long term,” says Ms. Stutsman. “Appliances consume a huge amount of electricity, so there’s enormous potential to both save energy and save families’ money. We want to help make that transition to more efficiency.”
The program will start in several states over the next few months, with New York State’s program kicking off Friday. Eight states – Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Kansas, New Jersey, Oregon, Vermont, and Wisconsin – have already launched their programs. Other states will launch in coming months, many around Earth Day in April.
Yes! Right around earth day! Oh, sorry, Earth Day. The Cash for Clunkers program was such a … um, resounding, er, success that the Obama administration sees fit to repeat it with appliances! The government monetarily rewarding behavior that fits its “green” agenda. Control energy, arbitrate the regulations, control public consumption of it. The gateway to nationalization of everything.
Wouldn’t it be cheaper to just give people a camping cooler? The only energy used is that which created the cooler and the ice! Voila! GREEN.