After spending nearly $3 billion in federal money and prompting sales of more than 489,000 new vehicles, the Cash for Clunkers program will come to an end Monday. Car buyers will have one last chance to take advantage of the $3,500 or $4,500 incentives this weekend.
In the meantime, Long Island residents will soon reap benefits of a similar program with benefits. The Long Island Power Authority has announced plans to apply the Cash for Clunkers program to old inefficient refrigerators.
LIPA is offering its customers a $75 rebate through September when they purchase a standard-size Energy Star refrigerator larger than 7.5 cubic feet. Energy Star-qualified refrigerators are billed to being 40 percent more efficient than models sold in 2001.
LIPA officials say the program will expand later in the year and will offer customers an additional $30 to help remove, properly dispose and recycle the old fridge.
Refrigerators are the single highest energy-consuming kitchen appliance in most households, according to LIPA.
For more information on the rebate http://www.lipower.org.