As the federal government considers a Cash for Clunkers-type of program for old appliances, Iowa-based MidAmerican Energy already has a similar statewide program in place.
Utility spokesman Mark Reinders says the program was launched a few weeks ago and works with contractors to pick up and dispose of old, yet still-working appliances.
The rebate offers $50 for refrigerators and freezers and $25 for window air conditioners. Reinders says the idea is to get rid of an older piece of equipment and purchase a more energy-efficient item. He says the program benefits customers with the cash as well as getting rid of the old appliance while helping them cut back on future energy use.
Rebates are also available for customers buying new appliances. For information, call 800-621-2757 or visit MidAmerican’s website.
Story contributed by Tom Beightol, KSCJ, Sioux City