When we moved into our house nearly five years ago it came with an older washer and dryer set. Although ugly, loud and inefficient – the washer and dryer worked just fine. We sometimes discussed buying a new set, but couldn’t justify the cost if the ones we had worked just fine.
Seems too good to be true, but customers who are Puget Sound Energy electric customers (those living in Washington cities like Olympia, Kent, Bellingham, Bellevue etc.) and who have a clothes washer that is really old, like 17 years old or older, can exchange it for a free ENERGY STAR model.
Older model refrigerators can use up to four times the energy of newer energy-efficient models. By replacing old refrigerators customers can save up to $200 a year in energy costs. By replacing old clothes washers with an energy efficient model, customers can save up to $100 a year in energy and water on monthly utility bills. It’s less expensive to upgrade to a new ENERGY STAR® refrigerator or clothes washer than to keep old appliances running.
Source: Puget Sound Energy
My old Whirlpool clothes washer was from 1997 and just made the cutoff. I was given the choice between a top loader or front loader washer – both Energy Star efficient and valued at $500 – $700. I opted for the top loader because it had a larger capacity and I had heard front loaders could be higher maintenance.
We scheduled the delivery for December 23 – and my brand new washer was delivered and installed, and my old washer was hauled away by the friendly delivery man. It was that easy.
My husband does all the laundry in the house (he always has) and he loves the new washer! The new washer detects how big your load is and fills the water level accordingly – so I think we’re saving money on water, in addition to electricity. It also spins our clothes so dry that we aren’t using our archaic, loud, VERY squeaky, dryer nearly as much – win-win!
I wish our fridge qualified, it’s old, but not old enough to qualify for the program.
Do you qualify for a FREE refrigerator or clothes washer?
If you are a PSE customer, here are all the details of the PSE Appliance Replacement Program. Read through the Q&A to find out how, and if, you qualify. I would list the requirements here – but want you to get the latest information from PSE.
Don’t qualify? Check for rebates!
If you don’t qualify for the program, but you are thinking about replacing an old fridge, freezer or clothes washer, Puget Sound Energy has up to $50 in rebates for these appliances (or more if you recycle your old appliance).
If you are NOT a Puget Sound Customer, I encourage you to check with your local utility company to see if they have an appliance replacement program and/or rebates if you opt to upgrade old appliances. Many times utility companies are mandated by the federal government to have programs such as these to help customers be more energy efficient and/or save money on their electricity bill.
This post isn’t sponsored by Puget Sound Energy – I’m just a customer who took advantage of the PSE Appliance Replacement Program – open to all PSE customers with eligible appliances.
Have you taken advantage of this program or a similar one? Let me know if you contact PSE and you get a new washer or refrigerator!