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State to offer more appliance rebates in June

Posted May 5, 2010

— The North Carolina Energy Office will offer a second phase of the Energy Star Appliance Replacement and Rebate Program in June, officials announced Wednesday.

The state handed out about $7 million in rebates during the four-day first phase last month to people who replaced older appliances with more energy-efficient models. The money was about 87 percent of the federal economic stimulus funds the state received for the program.

“We were delighted with the results of the first phase, with North Carolina consumers purchasing more than 54,400 appliances,” Ward Lenz, director of the Energy Office, said in a statement. “With this second phase, we will put the remaining dollars to work to provide savings for consumers on appliances and utility bills while boosting our state’s economy.”

The second phase of the program will use mail-in rebates on items purchased on or after June 1. The rebates will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis and will continue until the remaining $1 million in funding is used.

In addition to rebates on Energy Star refrigerators, freezers, washing machines and dishwashers featured in the first phase, the June rebates also will cover Energy Star-rated central air-conditioning systems, gas furnaces, air-source and ground-source heat pumps and water heaters.

Rebates range from $75 on dishwashers and freezers to $300 on furnaces, heat pumps and air-conditioning systems.

For more information on the rebate program, visiting the Energy Office website.


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  • ObamaMustGo aka NCcarguy May 11, 2010

    Many times, if you have pets in your house, the coils below the fridge will get covered in pet hair, and make it stop working....you can usually take the grill off the bottom, and with a vacuum, clean the coils....I would certianly try this before spending $1000 on a new appliance.

  • tmedlin May 5, 2010

    "My refrigerator died this past weekend, so I had to buy one in between the two rebate periods. Bummer!" mine, too!

  • Worland May 5, 2010

    My new "energy star" dishwasher came with a neat flier. Due to the lower wattage motor, the dishwasher will run longer and will not clean dishes as well as previous models. Due to the low watt heating element, do not expect it to dry dishes without a rinsing agent... and even then, many dishes will still require hand drying. Plastic dishes will not get dry.

    Glad I let the gov't keep their rebate. This energy star appliance is reward enough.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT May 5, 2010

    Awesome. Now I can get that Bidet we have been wanting.

  • awr117 May 5, 2010

    Mail in rebates which are first come first serve.

    In other words....no rebates will be handed out this time around.

  • grimreaper May 5, 2010

    This is great news because the majority of these appliances are made in china and korea and they need our government who is currently in the RED to go further in the red by subsidizing the prices of these goods instead of allowing the natural process of a recession to adjust those prices for inflation.

    It is important during these times that folks in china and korea be allowed to buy mercedes and lexus while we stand in unemployment lines.

    Perdue should visit over there more often.

  • whatelseisnew May 5, 2010

    "OK...hopefully the sarcasm came through. I did get me a BRAND NEW washing machine at a great price, and I thank all of you for helping me pay for that! lol"

    Actually, you should stop by the nearest pre-school and thank those kids. They will have to pay for this insanity.

  • ObamaMustGo aka NCcarguy May 5, 2010

    THIS WORKED GREAT!!!! All of my friends are now back working!! Thanks Obama and your puppet Perdue!

    OK...hopefully the sarcasm came through. I did get me a BRAND NEW washing machine at a great price, and I thank all of you for helping me pay for that! lol

  • twc May 5, 2010

    Better to give gas rebates!

    Obviously people in government haven't figured out that as gas prices go, so goes the economy.

    High gas prices exposed the banking situation when people found themselves unable to afford to travel AND pay bills.

    When gas prices are low people move around, that creates all kinds of needs; the economy flourishes--period!!

  • twc May 5, 2010

    That should give the stores plenty of time to raise their prices!