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Cash for Your Kitchen

Dreaming of a new dishwasher? Now may be the time to buy. States have finalized their plans for the government’s “Cash for Appliances” program and will begin issuing rebates in coming months.

Some have already started.

You can get rebates—the amounts vary—if you buy new, energy-efficient major home appliances. The $300 million program is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Unlike the Department of Transportation’s popular “Cash for Clunkers” car deal, the appliance program allocates funds to each state, and states decide which Energy Star-designated appliances and consumers are eligible.

To check your state’s program, go to

Sid Kirchheimer writes about health and consumer issues.