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When is the federal “cash for clunker appliances” program in N.C.?

Merton Vance
StarNews

North Carolina residents can save 15 percent on energy efficient appliances purchased between Thursday, April 22 and Sunday, April 25, 2010, coinciding with Earth Day.

The state Energy Office will receive $8.8 million in federal economic stimulus funds to pay for rebates during those sales dates on major home appliances that are Energy Star rated.

The rebates are in addition to any store or manufacturer discounts.

“Consumers can make smart choices by replacing older, energy-gobbling appliances with efficient new Energy Star appliances that save money, cut utility bills and grow our state’s economy,” said John Morrison, Assistant N.C. Secretary of Commerce for Energy.  “This is good for the environment, will grow jobs and help manage energy consumption.”

A second round of rebates is planned for June 2010 and will apply to gas storage water heaters, tankless gas water heaters, central air conditioners, heat pumps and gas furnaces.

But you don’t have to wait until spring to get a price break.

North Carolina will offer a sales tax-free weekend on Nov. 6 and Nov. 7 that will allow consumers to save on specific Energy Star-rated products (clothes washers, freezers and refrigerators, central air conditioners, room air conditioners, air-source heat pumps, geothermal heat pumps, ceiling fans, dehumidifiers and programmable thermostats).

In addition to saving money, consumers could save a lot on energy costs. For example, the Energy Office estimates that a new Energy Star-rated refrigerator uses half the electricity than a similar refrigerator made before 1995.

For more information, go to www.ncrecovery.gov

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