Appliance Sales to Get ‘cash for Clunkers’ Boost? (2)

Michael Giberson

In August we took note of stories indicating that appliance sales were going to get a “cash for clunkers”-like boost.  James Hamilton at Econbrowser offers updated discussion, links, and commentary:

Here is the description of the program from the Energy Department (hat tip: King Banaian):

In late 2009 or early 2010, you may be eligible to receive rebates from your state or territory for the purchase of new ENERGY STAR-qualified appliances.

These rebates are being funded with $300 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Under this program, eligible consumers can receive rebates to purchase new energy-efficient appliances when they replace used appliances.

Programs will differ in every state, and DOE anticipates that rebates will be available to consumers in most parts of the country by early 2010.

Hamilton comments:

Even if the programs succeed in their mission of persuading Americans to abandon their old cars and appliances sooner than they otherwise would, I remain deeply skeptical that junking working capital in this fashion is the best way to grow Americans’ wealth.

2 thoughts on “Appliance Sales to Get ‘cash for Clunkers’ Boost? (2)

  1. Not sure if any other states are doing this, but in New Hampshire, they took a different path with the cash-for-appliance-clunkers rebate program.

    In NH, instead of covering appliances, the program covers solar-thermal hot water and geothermal heating systems.

    I haven’t read the bill, so I have no idea if this is a kosher substitution, but I guess we’ll know once/if NH’s application gets approved.

    Here’s a link to a post I did about this:

  2. The next step will be for the government to hire people to go around and break windows.

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