Pay zero sales tax on the purchase of new Energy Star appliances, get rebates for recycling, save money off your utility bills and have your old bulky items hauled away for free.
Earth Day is Wednesday and in celebration many states are helping consumers to go green and to save some green —money that is.
If you live in Missouri, you will not have to pay the 4.225 percent state sales tax on the purchase of Energy Star-qualified appliances during the “Show-Me Green Sales Tax Holiday” going on today through Saturday, April 25.
For Michigan residents, you can receive 10 percent off the cost (up to $75) of a new washer and dryer, dishwasher and refrigerator through 2011.
To see what rebates programs are available for your state or city, visit the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency, www.dsireusa.org. The database also includes local utility companies, as many of them are offering rebates as well for the purchase of qualified energy appliances.
Not only will all these programs save you money off the purchase of your new appliance, but your new energy-efficient appliance will save you money each and every year by lowering your utility bills. For example, replacing a refrigerator built before 1990 will shave $200 off your yearly electric bill.
After buying your new appliance, be sure to help the Earth out by recycling your old appliance. In some cases you can do this for free or actually earn money off your old appliance. Check with your utility company if they offer any energy rebates or recycling programs. Some companies will offer you money in the form of a “rebate” which you can use against future energy bills, sort of like a gift certificate.
For example, if you are a Nebraska resident you can get a $35 rebate check for recycling old, energy-wasting refrigerators and freezers. The Nebraska Public Power District’s refrigerator recycling program includes free pickup of refrigerators and freezers, and a $35 rebate check for you. Electric customers of any participating utility can take advantage of the program by calling 866-444-9160 or visiting www.appliancerecycling.com to schedule a free pickup.
If you live in Winter Haven, Florida, you can recycle your old appliances for free on Wednesday. Residents can have bulk items removed from the curb which they would otherwise be charged for. Items included in the service include: mattresses, appliances like refrigerators, dryers, water heaters, TVs and other electronic items.
There are tons of other program similar to these out there. Be sure to look for such programs around where you live as the Earth Day holiday is helping more people than ever save the planet and save some money.
- Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency
- Find local Earth Day Events in your community