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Time running out for Energy Star rebate program

Posted June 3, 2010
Updated June 4, 2010

Time is running out for North Carolina consumers to save on energy-efficient appliances.

The state has less than $200,000, or about 15 percent, in funding remaining for the second phase of its Energy Star Appliance and Rebate program, in which consumers can get $75 to $300 back when buying new appliances to replace older, less efficient ones.

"If a consumer is thinking about this, has an appliance they need to replace and wants to do it, I'd make a decision," said Seth Effron, communications director for the North Carolina Energy Office. "Do your research and get it done as soon as possible."

Effron said he would be surprised if the rebate money lasts through the weekend.

North Carolina was allotted nearly $9 million in federal money for the program, but about 90 percent was used in Phase One of the program in April.

Phase Two, which started Tuesday, covers purchases of certain refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers, water heaters and other appliances.

Buyers can apply for the rebates, available on a first-come, first-served basis, online or by calling 1-877-379-7323.

Applicants must provide a name, address, telephone number and electricity provider, along with the date the appliance was purchased, product price, name and location of the retailer, the type of product, the manufacturer and the model number.

Rebates will be sent in the form of a prepaid debit card that can be used toward purchases at stores that accept debit cards.


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