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Rebates benefit buyers and the local economy

Posted: May 20, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: May 20, 2013 2:00 a.m.
 

Rebates are available to Santa Clarita Valley residents this spring on high-efficiency washing machines and electric-powered lawnmowers under deals offered through government agencies.

Rebates of $200 for water-saving washing machines are available while the money lasts, said Stephanie Anagnoson, water conservation program coordinator for the Castaic Lake Water Agency. And the deal is good at any store that sells appliances, she said.

Under the plan, which does not involve any state funds, the wholesale water agency gives $100 of the total rebate and the local water retailer contributes $100 for each washing-machine purchase, she said. Residents should check with their water retailers before making a purchase; some issue the $100 as credit against future bills.

A Newhall appliance store owner said another $50 can be saved through a rebate offered by Southern California Gas Co.

Royce Smith, owner of Appliances Unlimited, said the combined rebates can save a buyer about half the price of a high-efficiency top-loader washing machine at his store.

Meanwhile, the South Coast Air Quality Management District is accepting trade-ins for homeowners who are tired of struggling with their gas-powered lawnmowers.

Santa Clarita Valley residents can sign up online to save 75 percent on a new electric-powered Greenstation or Black & Decker electric-powered lawnmower by taking their old gas-powered lawnmowers to one of three exchange locations in Southern California, Air Quality Management District officials said in a news release.

Trade-in sessions can be scheduled this Saturday in Pasadena, June 8 in Riverside or July 13 in Anaheim.

“By registering in the lawnmower exchange program, residents will get a brand new mower that is easier to operate and quieter for just a fraction of the retail price,” said William A. Burke, governing board member for the South Coast Air Quality Control District.

Electric-powered mowers would range in price between $100 and $220 under the exchange program. Residents can register for the exchange at www.aqmd.gov and click on the lawnmower exchange banner or call 1-888-425-6247.

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

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