Rebate rush begins

Cash offered for buying energy-efficient appliances

By LISA MONTI – lamonti@sunherald.com

JOHN FITZHUGH/SUN HERALD (Donna Anderson, owner of Central Appliance in Pascagoula, watches as Kenneth Archer of J.B. Hunt trucking delivers a load of appliances Wednesday. Anderson said her store has been busy in the days leading up to Mississippi’s rebate program for energy-efficient appliances.)

If you’re in the market for a new major appliance such as a freezer or a dishwasher — one that’s energy-efficient — Mississippi may have a rebate for you.

Today is the start of the state’s Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program, funded with $2.8 million from the U.S. Department of Energy.

The first-come, first-served program was created to prompt consumers nationwide to replace their inefficient appliances with new, Energy Star–qualified models.

The Mississippi Development Authority, which runs the state’s rebate program, sees the cash as a benefit to consumers and an economic boost to retailers.

Donna Anderson, who with her husband owns Central Appliance in Pascagoula, said 50 or 60 people came in Monday “taking a look at what we had and deciding what they want to order” today.

“I think it’s going to be great for the economy and a boost to appliance retailers,” she said.

Karen Bishop, stimulus bureau manager for MDA, said in a statement, “The program will allow residents to save money now on the purchase of a qualified, energy efficient appliance and also save money long into the future through lower energy costs at home.”
Read more: http://www.sunherald.com/2010/04/21/2119950/rebate-rush-begins.html#ixzz0lpnQMZRZ

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