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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

State gets $5 million toward appliance rebates

From an article by Mary Spicuzza in the Wisconsin State Journal:

For months, people have been asking store manager Rick Simler of Grand Appliance and TV about a new stimulus program that will provide rebates for energy-efficient appliances.

And for months, Simler has been hoping to get answers from state officials so he knows what to tell his customers.

"Almost everybody knows it's coming, and people are asking," Simler said, standing near a row of energy-efficient dishwashers. "And a lot of people are reluctant to make their purchases now because they're waiting for the rebate to come out."

But the wait for answers may be over soon. On Tuesday, Wisconsin was awarded $5.4 million through a federal stimulus program overseen by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Wisconsin's program is expected to start in early January and will offer mail-in rebates ranging from $25 to $200 on some energy-efficient appliances bought by residential customers. Select energy-saving, or "Energy Star," appliances would qualify for rebates. Oil and gas furnaces, boilers, water heaters, air conditioners, clothes washers, dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers and heat pumps likely will be included in the program.

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