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N.C. appliance retailers ready to support rebate program

Posted April 21, 2010

Appliance retailers big and small are preparing for an onslaught of buyers this week as North Carolina rolls out a federally funded rebate program to encourage purchases of energy-efficient machines.

The Home Depot announced plans to open all North Carolina locations at 5 a.m. Thursday to accommodate early-bird shoppers.

Anyone who buys an Energy Star-qualified washer, dishwasher, freezer or refrigerator between Thursday and Sunday can get an instant 15 percent rebate. The purchase has to be a replacement for an existing appliance, and buyers are allowed only one of any type of appliance.

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Seth Effron, a spokesman for the North Carolina Energy Office, sought to ease some customer concerns and misinformation.

One customer said he was told he had to “pre-register to get the discount.” At another store, a salesman “doubted” the customer would “get the discount” because the “money would be gone.” Similar programs in Florida and Texas quickly ran out of money.

Effron said consumers should not worry that the state’s $8.8 million fund will run out because it is being administered differently.

Programs in some other states required the consumer to register for the discount, essentially reserving the money, Effron said. Those who did not redeem their certificates are holding money, so those state funds appear to have run out, he explained.

“In North Carolina, when you make the purchase is when the rebate will happen,” Effron said.

He estimated that between 49,000 and 50,000 appliances would have to be purchased to use up all of North Carolina’s allotted funds.

“We feel pretty comfortable that there will be the opportunity for everybody to make a purchase (who) wants one,” he said.

Any money left over after this week’s event will be applied toward a second round of rebates -- on items like central air conditioners, furnaces and water heaters – to be made available sometime in June.


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  • ykm Apr 23, 2010

    The last time the state did this I went to buy a new toaster. The sales person said it was energy efficient because it only toasted one side of the bread. After a closer inspection I found it only toasted the left side so I didn't buy it. But I did pick up a hair dryer for another poster, had a little wind turbine on it. This tax rebate stuff would be great if we had a balanced budget. Unfortunately the saving will be paid in interest on the debt. And it's coming next year. Vat tax.

  • rbenton Apr 22, 2010

    I was happy to go this morning and purchase a new set. My washer has been leaking for months...I went to Home Depot and got a top of the line LG for a great price. I ALMOST didn't buy the dryer because there were no real 'extra' discounts but really wanted the set to match since it would be seen all the time.

  • Wade Land Apr 22, 2010

    Another place to consider going is Sears Outlet in Raleigh. They have the scratch and dent models. I got a dryer there this morning (was looking for a washer, but they didn't have the model I wanted). Granted I didn't get the 15% energy star discount, but the dryer was regular $979 and I got it for $587. It had a scratch on the side, but it's the side that will be covered up by the washer. My buddy got a refrig that was orginally $2599 for $1268.

  • rbaff79 Apr 22, 2010

    (continued) Was tempted to get the matching dryer but ours still works fine; the washer died. Overall I think a much better deal than bestbuy and sears.

  • rbaff79 Apr 22, 2010

    @ someone's question about Lowe's:
    I got the top of the line Samsung at Lowe's this morning (got there at 4:20am) after 35% total discount! They have 10% off on energy star + 15% NC rebate + 10% mover's coupon.
    Only down side: delivery in a week :(

  • Worland Apr 21, 2010

    Was this also attached to a military funding bill like Cash for Clunkers was?

    When millions are out of work, and homes aren't selling, doesn't make much sense to borrow money from China to sell Chinese made appliances.

  • whatelseisnew Apr 21, 2010

    MOre stupid waste of money we do not have. I hope those pre-schoolers will find work so they can pay for this. Wait till people change out there old reliable fridges for the new junk that breaks after 5 or 6 years.

  • zamboniman Apr 21, 2010

    What's going to happen to all the old appliances? It'll cost big bucks to dispose of them in a landfill. RE: the biggest users of electricty, the refrigerator is the number one user, because it runs 24/7 and any refrigeration tech will tell you, if it has a compressor and uses freon it's gonna eat power.

  • tamiya_stars Apr 21, 2010

    Another government abuse of our tax money. Pretty sad that politicians truly think this is more important than letting the families who earned that money keep it to take care of their own needs.

  • bgarrel3 Apr 21, 2010

    Thanks Wade. Didn't realized there weren't engergy star dryers etc.