'Cash for Appliances' program coming soon

By Crystal Price - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The popularity of the Cash for Clunkers program is building excitement for the government's next program: Cash for Appliances.

The program is designed to stimulate the economy and save energy through more energy efficient appliances.

The federal government has funded up to 296 million dollars for this program.

"We hoping it's going to all be Energy Star appliances such as dishwashers laundry and refrigerators," says Jimmy Chance, C & C Audio Operation Manager.

Appliances with Energy Star labels are expected to save more than double on energy use.

"Some of your old dishwasher models use 40 to 50 gallons of water, while some of the new models use 13 to 20 gallons of water," says Chance.

In addition to saving energy, the program is also expected to stimulate the economy.

The state of Louisiana is looking at rebating appliance consumers anywhere between 30 to 200 dollars on their purchase.

"Hopefully it's going to help some people who have been holding back from buying something, to give them an extra incentive to actually go out and buy that new Energy Star appliance," says Chance.

Bobby Royer stopped in to C & C Audio Video and Appliance to look for a new home appliance.

"We've been looking for a refrigerator that would be energy saving," says Bobby Royer, an appliance customer.

Royer feels the new program could really save on her energy and purchase.

"Bills go up every month and naturally you try to save wherever you can save," says Royer.

All 50 states have applied to participate in Cash for Appliances.

The state of Louisiana is still waiting to receive approval to participate in the program.

The program is expected to start offering rebates later this fall.

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