The Tax Credit for everyday household appliances with an Energy Star certification is almost over. On the 31st, it disappears for good. The only credits available will be for the high priced items like solar water heaters and geothermal heat pumps. Those last until 2016.
Replacing the tax credit for a short time will be the mail in rebate for Energy Star appliances and HVAC equipment worth up to $1000. This rebate is on a first come, first served basis though, so you have to move fast. There was actually a time where you could have taken advantage of both incentives at the same time. That was between December 20th and December 31st. It's gone now though, so say bye bye to the big stuff before too long.
I'll be sure to keep you informed of manufacturer's rebates that come up so you can get more help paying for a new unit and saving on utilities for the foreseeable future. I've seen some manufacturer's rebates for up to $1300. That's still nice to combine with the CPS credit and the mail in rebate while it's still available.
Have a great new year!!