Business & Economy

State to offer cash for appliances to save energy


SACRAMENTO — California will soon begin offering a statewide "cash for appliances" program to help cut energy use.

The State Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program will use $35 million in federal stimulus money.

The California Energy Commission approved the plan Wednesday, little more than two weeks after the state auditor said commissioners weren't spending the federal money quickly enough.

The appliances program likely will start in April. Proponents had hoped it would start in time for this month's holiday shopping season.

The commission says crafting the program and getting federal approval took time.

The program will give rebates for three types of appliances: $100 for clothes washers; $75 for refrigerators, and $50 for room air conditioners.

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Information from: The Sacramento Bee

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