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Appliances Rebate Program Begins In Illinois

April 16, 2010 (WLS) -- You can save a lot of money if you buy new, energy-efficient appliances in Illinois before April 25.

The state got $12 million for the program that gives people 15-percent discounts on the Energy Star appliances.

The program started at 8 a.m. Friday and will last until April 25 or until the $12 million is gone.

For more information, log on to www.illinoisenergy.org or call 877-782-7005.

Are you in the market for a new washer-dryer? How about an air conditioner unit heading into summer? The government wants to reward those buying energy efficient appliances for a limited time.

"It will help reduce energy costs," said Stephen Konya, Illinois Commerce & Economic Opportunity.

The Charbonneaus' old refrigerator died. They came to ABT Electronics Monday to see if their purchase would qualify for The Cash for Appliances program that started Friday.

"I probably would have bought it either way. It's nice to have the incentive," said Mark Charbonneau.

"You don't want to be here at eight on Friday. It's gonna be really crowded," said Linda Charbonneau.

In order to qualify, all purchases must be made at the store in person.

At Sears on State Street in downtown Chicago, associates were getting several inquiries about the rebates and had a plan to deal with Friday sales.

"We're going to give out numbers and serve people as we can. We expect to be as busy as Black Friday," said Tom Russell, Sears.

The rebate includes energy efficient washers, dishwashers, refrigerators and air conditioning room unit.

Other states have run out of rebate money in days. The state's spokesman expects rebate money to be available, but it is first come, first served.

There's another $75 rebate if your old appliance is recycled, in some cases.

Retailers interested in participating in the program can visit www.HelpGreenIllinois.org.

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