My stove is homicidal. My AC is suicidal over hitting the big 3-0. If I
don't get a dishwasher, the skin on my hands might actually fall off.
But help is on the way. The feds are launching a Cash for Clunkers-like
program (wow, that phrase was a clunker) for appliances.
The states will administer the program. That means Illinois may not
participate, or could restrict the program to Cook County or something.
If it is offered to us though, you'd save $50 to $200 on the purchase of
Energy Star appliances -- and you don't even have to haul the old one in.
It's seen as a way to get people spending (and get appliance manufacturers
hiring) and to cut energy use at the same time.
For me, it means I might be able to get a dishwasher. I already have my eye
on a sweet little Whirpool Energy Star one. The AC will probably have to
wait because they are EXPENSIVE, but I feel bad using my energy guzzler.
My stove is actually leaking gas, so I had to break down and get one that
won't kill me. But there's no such thing as an Energy Star stove, so I had
no qualms about getting one now, other than spending the money.
Expect announcements in November or early next year about how the program
will work in Illinois.