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Third round of Energy Star rebates gone

Posted November 27, 2010 9:29 a.m. EST
Updated November 29, 2010 12:28 p.m. EST

A federally funded rebate brought appliance shoppers to the stores Thursday.

— North Carolinians have reserved all of the $650,000 set aside for rebates on Energy Star appliances, officials said Monday.

More than 4,900 rebates were issued during the program, according to Seth Effron, a spokesman for the North Carolina State Energy Office. About two-thirds of the rebates were for the purchase of refrigerators and clothes washers.

The program was still accepting applications Monday so purchasers could be placed on a waiting list for rebates.

To qualify for the rebate, consumers must be purchasing an Energy Star-rated appliance to replace an older, less efficient model. Rebates range from $75 to $300, varying by product.

(See a full list of qualifying appliances and how to apply for a rebate.)

Consumers can apply for a rebate online or by calling 1-877-379-7323.

The rebate program is funded from unspent federal stimulus money. This spring, the state offered two rounds of Energy Star rebates, totaling $8.8 million on about 64,000 appliances. The appliances had a retail value of about $64 million.