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I just bought a nice new fridge, and sent in my completed form + receipt copy to Hydro Québec for a $50 Energy Star rebate. I noticed on the form that the program is offered until June 30 2007. I wonder if they'll extend the program beyond that expiry date - perhaps as-is or in another format (similar to the one just announced in Ontario).
 

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Why do people support getting paid (from other people, in the end) to save energy and, thereby, save money on their energy bills? This is not meant in an accusatory way, it just shows up in the data over and over again, and I was wondering about the feelings behind it.
 

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Two fairly equal concerns drove my decision to buy this fridge: treat myself to a dang nice new appliance, and get something energy efficient.

I would have bought the fridge even if there was no rebate - which I didn't even know about until the time of purchase. The fact that my fridge qualified for the $50 rebate I consider just one of life's little bonuses.
 

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A question that relates to the work I do.

Why do people support getting paid (from other people, in the end) to save energy and, thereby, save money on their energy bills? This is not meant in an accusatory way, it just shows up in the data over and over again, and I was wondering about the feelings behind it.
I think it is because people look at the upfront cost and not the ROI. It is also hard to convince some to dispose of something if it is still working, even if it costs them more money to run than a newer appliance.

From a gov't standpoint, I think it is due to growing pressure to do something about GHG's, or they could be just buying votes. It's kind of funny wasn't it the Liberals who originally axed this program? But I guess it wasn't an election year then.

My personal case is we bought a new house and it needed appliances because the original owner wanted to take them with him. It obviously didn't sway my decision because I already bought, but like the doug mentioned, it would have been a nice bonus.
 

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I think it is because people look at the upfront cost and not the ROI. It is also hard to convince some to dispose of something if it is still working, even if it costs them more money to run than a newer appliance.

From a gov't standpoint, I think it is due to growing pressure to do something about GHG's, or they could be just buying votes. It's kind of funny wasn't it the Liberals who originally axed this program? But I guess it wasn't an election year then.

My personal case is we bought a new house and it needed appliances because the original owner wanted to take them with him. It obviously didn't sway my decision because I already bought, but like the doug mentioned, it would have been a nice bonus.
Thanks. Your sentiments are consistent with some of the research that I've read, but I like to add to my own understanding independent of other work, when reasonably possible.

As for the programs, I'd prefer this not become another Con-Lib shootout but, recently, it was the Cons that cut the programs and brought back near-identical programs under new names. I found that whole process quite sad as opposed to just changing the programs where true weaknesses needed correcting. There's nothing wrong with improving programs or playing politics but it was costly to impose the latter on the former (if the programs were improved to begin with).
 

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A question that relates to the work I do.

Why do people support getting paid (from other people, in the end) to save energy and, thereby, save money on their energy bills? This is not meant in an accusatory way, it just shows up in the data over and over again, and I was wondering about the feelings behind it.
I do wonder about such programs.
It seems to benefit those that can most afford new appliances.

I feel the same way about hybrid car rebates.
 
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