If you find yourself needing a new appliance in 2010, check out the Energy Star tax credits. These expire Dec 31, 2010.
We needed a new hot water heater this week, unfortunately the place in our house where the heater goes will not allow us to get a tankless one (needs some kind of special exhaust), and tankless is the only kind that meets the specs (Energy Factor ≥ 0.82 OR a thermal efficiency of at least 90%) to qualify for the tax credit, so we are out of luck again! (We missed out on the new house credit last year too for a bunch of silly reasons.)
Anyway, maybe one of you lucky readers can take advantage of this program.