CBC News recently wrote that “Alberta is preparing a rebate program to encourage homeowners to purchase energy-efficient appliances and help the province reduce greenhouse gas emissions”.
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Alberta’s Environment Minister Robin Campbell said “We are looking at incentives for residential homes. Looking at people replacing their furnaces, fridges, washer-dryers.”
Of course not everyone agrees on these government rebate initiatives.
As one comment mentioned:
“Hope someone does the math on how wasteful the dumping of perfectly good appliances is, in exchange for a newer appliance that ‘cuts energy use’ – what of all the energy used to make the new item, ship it and install it? What’s the recovery rate on that? And the old one? Straight to the landfill or is anyone turning these back into useful recovered materials? If so, at what cost? And why should taxpayers pay other taxpayers to do this? The people most in need of these kinds of rebates will never be able to afford it in the first place – but the burden of supporting the program will unevenly fall on them. Energy efficiency is a great idea – but not at the expense of all taxpayers.”
The logical conclusion is this:
If you have an old refrigerator that is malfunctioning – you should get an expert to have a look at it. Once you get a quote for a repair, you’ll make a decision. Sometimes it is not worth fixing an old appliance. In that case, you should check what incentives are currently available for buying a new refrigerator.