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Save your green with green rebates

Though we may often think about how we would love a more efficient appliance that not only works better, quieter, and saves energy, many new machines can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Hunting for sales may be one way to obtain your dream machine. However, I’m here with another Green Realtor installment to cue you into thousands of dollars in local and state-wide rebates to help you fund a shift towards more energy-efficient appliances.

Unless we have already treated ourselves to shiny new machines, the first thing we think of when we want to upgrade our home is replacing the squealing dishwasher, clunky energy hog of a fridge, or ancient washer and drier. However, with prices for these appliances skyrocketing, a new appliance, programmable thermostat, and other upgrades can be out of reach. Luckily, there are a plethora of freebies that you can take advantage of that can help to cut costs, including free removal and installation of your new units.

Hunting for rebates and incentives through the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (dsireusa.org) reveals thousands of dollars in discounts available to buyers based on their zip code. A quick search for the San Diego area brings up over 50 different programs designed to both inform buyers of the kinds of programs available to help them find the most energy-efficient machines, and how to apply for cost-lowering rebates.

According to the 2017 REALTORS and Sustainability report by the National Association of REALTORS, over 60 percent of consumers are interested in making their home more sustainable. If you’re looking to take advantage of these benefits, I am here to work with you to find ways to not only find your next green home, but ensure that you can make your home more green, one step at a time.

For more reading on ways to find savings, click here (GCH_Rebates) for an informational PDF from the National Association of REALTORS, and be sure to contact me for ways to LiveLong and LiveGreen in SD.

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