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There has never been a better time to be green than now. There are tons of energy saving rebates from tax rebates to cash rebates to percentages off of green appliances, alternative forms of energy and energy efficient vehicles. Tax credits offer dollar for dollar deductions, which is great for consumers. Cash rebates can be instant savings on your purchase or they can be mail-in rebates. Instant cash rebates are great because they allow you to buy more for the same money at one time. There are some companies that offer certain percentages off of various energy efficient appliances. Energy savings rebates can also be offered by utility companies for installing various energy efficient appliances, furnaces or heating systems or even alternative power such as wind mills or solar panels. Some compact fluorescent light bulbs already have the rebate figured into the price. When you look at the boxes of light bulbs some will have stickers on them that say ‘save money now.' One company in particular has blue and orange stickers on their light fixtures. By paying closer attention to what you are buying you will find many energy savings rebates. Appliances are another common source of energy savings rebates. Washers, dryers and dishwashers with Energy Star ratings often have additional rebates. Ask your local appliance dealer for more details or do a search online before you buy. Finding products that offer energy saving rebates in addition to saving energy at home and producing less greenhouse gas emissions is a great way to help green the environment while putting a little more green in your own pocket.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|