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So...we'll be purchasing a brand-spanking new fridge & a new freezer this coming Saturday. We were actually planning waiting until June to purchase the freezer & planning on using a 10% coupon at that time as there are rarely good sales on the bigger chest freezers. We moved our plans up because the $150 rebate offered by the state of Nevada on freezers is too good for us to pass up on something we need anyway. (We left our VERY old big freezer in Michigan because the door had broken & had to be kept shut by putting several large, heavy objects on top of it. It was a pain. Not to mention inefficient.)
I'll cut to the chase for those who just like to see the info for themselves. You can go to the Energy Savers site to find out info for your state including when it starts & which appliance groups have rebates offered on them. The Energy Star site details every appliance that is eligible within each appliance group.
Just to clarify, by "appliance group" I mean washers, dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers, etc. The covered appliance groups and rebates offered within each group does vary by state. For example, Nevada offers various rebates on dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers, or clothes washers while California only offers rebates on refrigerators, clothes washers, and room air conditioners.
Each state does have a different start date. In most states, you must pre-apply for the rebate BEFORE you purchase your appliance. You must also have an eligible old appliance that is properly disposed of (and have proof of that disposal). I talked to the store manager of our local Lowe's who said that most major appliance stores like Lowe's, Home Depot, Sears, and Best Buy offer free haul away of your old appliance with delivery of your new one. The most important thing to verify is that the delivery person who hauls off your old appliances gives you proof that they have done so. This proof is necessary for your rebate.
The one consistency across the board has been how quickly the rebates go. For example, the rebate period in Arizona opened yesterday morning (April 12th). All funds had been promised by 10am. There is currently a waiting list for the rebate on a clothes washer, but all other rebate options have been officially closed. Some state sites open at 12:01am on the eligible day (April 17th...this coming Saturday in Nevada). Others wait until the start of business day. In Nevada, you can also reserve your rebate by phone, but you'll likely get in earlier by going online. If you NEED this rebate (like us), I would recommend staying up to check the site & see if it goes live in the midnight hour. I'm already a night owl so this isn't a problem for me. I'll update on my Twitter & Facebook accounts when the Nevada site has gone live as I'll be staying up & waiting for it.
You can find info on how else we're saving on our fridge & freezer in Part 2.