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Topping the Charts: Energysaver.gov and the Cash for Appliance Program

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Screen shot 2010-02-12 at 11.23.47 AMToday, Energysaver.gov is the most highly searched term in Google. On the heels of the Cash for Appliances announcement and the ban of incandescent light bulbs, this government site has been topping trends. What is energysaver.gov and why is it so newsworthy?

Energysaver.gov is a Department of Energy site devoted to ways in which American’s can reduce their energy impact. The site has information about designing and remodeling, heating and cooling, landscaping and appliances. They provide online energy audits as well other tools for the user.

The website is well designed, organized and functional, but still a government site. Why all the attention and popularity?


The Department of Energy’s program Cash for Appliances gives incentive to replace older appliances for Energy Star appliances. As a part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the rebates are being funded with $300 million from the Federal government.

Each state has a separate program and all have been approved by the Department of Energy. The earliest programs start today, hence a majority of the online buzz about the programs.

More than 70% of the energy in homes is spent on appliances, refrigerators, heating, cooling and water heating. The DOE has recommended that states offer rebates on boilers, central air conditioners, washers and driers, freezers, water heaters and many other big purchase appliances.

Much like the Cash for Clunkers program, the Cash for Appliance program will last as long as there is money to support the program. Rebates can range from $50-$250 depending on product being purchased.

In addition to the rebate program, announcements have been made that according to a bill passed in 2007, the government does plan on phasing out the incandescent light bulb by 2012. The incandescent light bulb invented in the mid 1800’s revolutionized society, the work day and brought light to the world. The incandescent bulb uses high amount of energy driving up usage and bills across the world. Many European nations have had similar bans and the program looks to be a success in the U.S.

With the news of the Rebates and Lightbulb ban, energysaver.gov, a relatively small government site has risen to the top of searches across the internet.

To find information about your state, http://www.energysavers.gov/financial/70022.html


  1. Please send me more information for the rebate for energy saver appliance in North Carolina. When it starts, what forms to fill out and etc. Thanks. Kathy

  2. Why is the Commonwealth of PA restricting the “Qualified” rebates to Gas ONLY water heaters and not electric water heaters? Very limited to select gas customers AND there are no kitchen appliances ie Energystar refrigerators or freezers? or other appliances qualified for the April 2010 rebates?

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  5. Having several high energy appliances it’s good to see these types of programs around. If you just take a minute and think about the amount of energy older type of appliances take…it’s astounding. I use to have a counter depth refrigerator that use to cost me $95/yr alone to run it. Absolutely absurd when you think of all the technology that we have now days.

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