If you are thinking of buying a new fridge - and I know that is always on my mind - you may want to wait a few weeks.
In February, a trade-in program will be open to the general population (there is one going on right now for recipients of social welfare assistance programs) for old refrigerators. The program will be open to 50,000 people to get a 30% discount on new, energy efficient refrigerators when they trade in their old one (at least 10 yrs old, as far as I can tell). The discounted price will include the cost of the fridge, 3-year warranty, delivery, and removal of the old one, which will be dismantled, and parts will be disposed of, parts will be reused.
There will also be a similar program for 10,000 air conditioner units. The trade-in discount will be 40%.
Here is the Jerusalem Post article that explains this program.
So--- anyone have an old fridge to give me so I can trade it in for a new one? I can't trade in my landlady's fridge, but I would love to just stick it in her storage space. It's old, small, and noisy. And while it's in the house, I don't have room for another one!