Go Green with new appliances

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - An old fridge or washer could be costing you a lot of extra money on your energy bills every year.

As part of the stimulus plan, Colorado has been given $4.7 milliong to help homeowners update old appliances.

Every state is implementing their own cash for appliances program, and Colorado's is a lot different from the Cash for Clunkers so don't take your old washer and dryer to the store hoping to exchange it.

In this state, you'll get a rebate from the store where you buy your new energy efficient appliances and then you'll send that in to the state for your money.

This rebate is supposed to be an even bigger incentive for you to go green so all refrigerators, both clothes and dish washers, water heaters and boilers with an Energy Star rating will qualify for a rebate.

Jeff Long, Sears's manager, says a lot of the energy efficient appliances are affordable. He says, "You know you have your base model and you can go up to as much as you really want to spend. So the savings on an energy efficient washer obviously it comes in on the amount of energy and water it uses per year, but the cost basis out of the store is very affordable as well."

The Colorado Energy Office has not decided how much homeowners will receive for each rebate, but the program is supposed to begin in two weeks.

Government officials say if your washer is more than 10 years old, you could save a total of $135 a year by replacing it with a new energy efficient one.

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