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Upgrade your appliances
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Upgrade your appliances

Many state and local governments and utility companies offer financial incentives for homeowners to upgrade their appliances to newer, more energy-efficient models.

These incentives usually take the form of rebate checks for homeowners who can provide proof of purchase. To save money, find incentives offered in your area by checking the online Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency, or DSIRE.

For instance, searching within the state of Florida, DSIRE shows 76 separate tax incentives, grants and rebate programs. 

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