A fourth of the $1 million-plus the state had set aside for Energy Star-rated appliance rebates has already been snapped up this morning by residents seeking to save money on energy-efficient appliances.
The State Energy Office reports on its web site that 25 percent of the rebate money has been claimed for buying energy-effcient central AC units, clothes washers, dishwashers, freezes, natural gas furnaces, water heaters and other items.
The offer began this morning and will last until the money runs out. Rebates range from $75 to $300, depending on appliance or equipment. Qualifying purchases must be made today or this month and reserved online or by calling 1-877-379-7323. Purchases made before today will not count.
The state rebates come from federal stimulus funds distributed to states to promote energy efficiency. North Carolina qualified for $8 million but distributed most of the money in April.
The second phase was planned to begin today to distribute the remaining funds.
As of 11:40, residents had claimed 1,407 appliances for a total of $264.07, representing one-fourth of the available funs (just over $1.3 million).
Many residents are pairing the State Energy Office rebates with discounts offered by their utilities and with a $1,500 federal tax credit. Some manufacturers are also adding rebates to the mix. For example, AC maker Lennox is offering up to $1,200 in rebates this month through selected dealers.