About 6 months ago my washer began making a horrible noise. It sounded as if metal was scraping on metal as the drum turned. In denial that something was seriously wrong with the machine, I continued using it. After heading down the path of denial for about two more months, the machine eventually gave me a tell-tale sign that it was time to part ways – it started to smell as if something was burning. I live on the third floor of a condo complex, so the idea of either accidently burning down my complex or flooding the units below mine was enough to send me on a mad internet search to find my next washer. How exciting! A new washer! Okay, not really. I could think of several other things I would like to spend that money on, but I decided if I was going to spend the money, I was going to upgrade from the very basic machine I had been using. So, I spent hours comparing prices, features, credit plans, delivery options’¦the whole nine yards. I finally narrowed down my selections to my top few and headed into my local home improvement store. Despite all of my research, I ended up buying a washer that was a step above what I originally had my mind set on. It was priced just right and had all of the features I was looking for, and lucky for me it was also Energy Star rated, meaning it met energy-efficiency standards. Because of budget limitations, originally I wasn’t sure that I was going to be able to afford this type of washer. It’s too bad that my washer hadn’t waited a few months to break, because the cost wouldn’t have been as much of an issue. Until the end of this year, SRP is offering a $75 rebate for new washers that meet energy-efficiency standards. The new machines must use 35 percent less water and 50 percent less energy. APS hopes to implement a similar rebate program in 2010. So, if you are an SRP customer and ready to buy a new washer, now is the time to upgrade. Take it from experience; you’ll notice a big difference with your energy efficient washer.