Rebates increase for high-energy washing machines


The amount of the rebate for high-efficiency clothes washers has been raised to $150, the San Diego County Water Authority announced recently. The amount is an increase of $50 for approved models with a grant from the state Department of Water Resources. The Metropolitan Water District and San Diego Gas & Electric Co. each provide $50 of the current rebate.

According to the San Diego County Water Authority conservation Web site,, a high-energy washer can save 20 to 30 gallons of water per load compared with standard top-loaders.

A list of eligible machines is available at //

or by calling (888)376-3314.

Starting April 22, the California Energy Commission will offer the California Cash for Appliances rebate program providing additional cash incentives to consumers buying HEWs and other high-efficiency appliances. The program is separate and unrelated to the MWD program and has different criteria.

More information on this program is available at