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Appliance rebates half gone

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About half the money the state offered two days ago for energy-efficient appliance rebates is already claimed as North Carolina residents lock in on rebates ranging from $75 to $300 per appliance.

As of late this afternoon, state residents have used up about half the $650,000 available to offset purchases of appliances that carry the federal government's Energy Star rating.

The rebates come from federal stimulus money allocated to states to encourage energy-efficient upgrades. Earlier this year state residents had used up more than $8 million in appliance rebates during the main phase of the program.

North Carolina officials recently found an extra $650,000 in federal stimulus funds that were originally part of North Carolina's $75.9 million State Energy Fund but had gone unspent, so the state asked the U.S. Department of Energy for permission to offer the money in more appliance refunds.

The rebates claimed so far cover Energy Star clothes washers, dishwashers, heat pumps, central air conditioners, gas furnaces, freezers, tankless water heaters and solar water heaters.

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John Murawski has been a full-time newspaper reporter since 1991, with stints at Legal Times and The Chronicle of Philanthropy (both in Washington, DC), The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Palm Beach Post (in South Florida) before arriving at the N&O in December 2004. At the N&O he covers energy (nuclear, coal, renewable, efficiency), hydraulic fracturing (or "fracking"), public utilities and health care. His beat includes PSNC Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas, Duke Energy Progress, PowerSecure International, GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, Novo Nordisk, Pfizer, Biogen Idec and others. He has also contributed more than 30 book reviews on topics spanning botany, history, science and religion. You can reach him at 919-829-8932 or e-mail him.