For the second time this year, Illinois is offering rebates for new appliances through an ENERGY STAR Replacement appliance Rebate Program.
The program is designed to help Illinois residents reduce their energy consumption and boost the state’s economy.
Beginning at 8 a.m. Friday, consumers upgrading to more energy-efficient appliances will be able to take advantage of a 15 percent rebate up to $250 per appliance at participating retail stores. The rebate is first-come, first-served and will be offered only one day, and only until the funds run out.
The rebate, intended for consumers replacing an old unit, may be used on ENERGY STAR qualified refrigerators, freezers, clothes washers and dishwashers purchased at participating retail stores. Customers must certify they are purchasing a replacement appliance at the time of purchase.
"This is another great chance to take advantage of a program that boosts business throughout Illinois and helps our environment by reducing energy consumption," Gov. Pat Quinn said Sunday. "Now is the time to go out and replace your aging and inefficient appliances such as refrigerators, freezers, clothes washers and dishwashers."
There are about $3 million in appliance rebate funds available for the final round of the program. Most rebates will be given out at the counter, but retailers are also making them available by phone to people with disabilities.
Illinois received a total of $12.4 million through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for the ENERGY STAR rebate program.