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Reminder: Save on appliances during Energy Star sales tax holiday

Reminder: North Carolina's sales tax holiday on Energy Star appliances starts today and runs through the weekend.

If you've been thinking about purchasing new appliances for your home, you might want to wait a few weeks and save yourself some money.

The weekend of Nov. 2 through Nov. 4 is North Carolina's Energy Star sales tax holiday, the state's fifth annual.

Energy Star products that meet efficiency guidelines set by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy are exempt from sales and use taxes. Qualified products will have an Energy Star label, making them easier to identify.

Energy Star rebates set to expire Monday

Financial rebates for buying energy-efficient home appliances will expire Monday under North Carolina's latest Energy Star rebate program. State officials are urging those who bought high-efficiency appliances on or after Jan. 1 to claim up to $300 in rebates by 5 p.m. Monday.

The program, launched in February, pays between $50 and $300 for purchases of air conditioners, heat pumps, water heaters and other efficient appliances. The money comes from the federal stimulus package that is now wrapping up as the funds are depleted.

North Carolina has offered several Energy Star rebate programs in past years, distributing more than $11 million for nearly 80,000 appliance purchases. The current program will disburse an additional $1.2 million.

To claim a rebate residents are asked to go to or call 1-855-208-6242.

More efficiency rebates available for home appliances

State officials for the third time in the past two years are offering financial incentives for purchases of energy-efficient home appliances.

The N.C. Department of Commerce is offering up to $300 for qualifying appliances bought this year, retroactive to Jan. 1. The incentives will be offered as federal stimulus money is freed up from other programs until the cash runs out.

State officials are intent on using as much of the federal funds as possible so as not to have to return unused grants. The money comes from the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and must be used by federally-set deadlines.

More rebates available for Energy Star appliances

State energy officials said today they have scrounged up another $1 million for rebates to residents who buy energy-efficient appliances.

The N.C. State Energy Office is making the money available to people who buy appliances with the federal Energy Star efficiency rating.

The rebates range from $75 for freezers and dishwashers to $300 for gas furnaces and air conditioners.

Appliance rebates half gone

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.

NC gets another $650,000 for Energy Star appliance rebates

North Carolina is extending the popular Energy Star rebate program of earlier this year. The N.C. Energy Office originally doled out $8.8 million to consumers who purchased a new Energy Star qualified appliance. But, now there is an additional $650,000 available in unspent Recovery Act funds that is being used to offer additional rebates. In addition to the $650,000, another $350,000 will be used to pay the rebates of the 2,480 consumers who are on the waiting list from the rebate program earlier this year.

For people who wish to participate this time around, the program remains largely unchanged. Qualifying appliances include central air conditioners, gas furnaces, heat pumps, gas storage water heaters, gas tankless water heaters, solar water heaters (electric and gas back-up), refrigerators, clothes washers, dishwashers and freezers.

Click read more to learn more about the program and how to apply.

State offering $500 rebate for Energy Star manufactured homes

The state government is offering a small sweetener to encourage buyers of manufactured homes to upgrade to a model with the Energy Star federal efficiency rating.

The N.C. State Energy Office said today it would provide a $500 rebate to buyers of Energy Star manufactured homes. Such homes are built with superior insulation and materials to cut energy costs by an estimated 15 percent.

The incentive program is designed to increase demand for Energy Star manufactured homes, which cost slightly more to build than a less efficient home. A manufactured home is prefabricated off-site and delivered for assembly, rather than built on site.

Rebates for Energy Star appliances still available

The state still has $500,000 left in rebates for residents who buy energy-efficient appliances.

The money is left over from $8 million in federal stimulus funds to promote energy efficiency. Most of it was distributed in April and the rest was expected to be used up in June.

But some shoppers who reserved qualifying appliances with the federal Energy Star efficiency rating ended up not making the purchases, which has freed up the money for others.

The rebates range from $75 for freezers and dishwashers to $300 for central air conditioners and natural gas furnaces.

The rebates will be available until the money is depleted. Consumers must go online to reserve their rebates and complete an application form. Those lacking Internet access can call 1-877-379-7323.

More than 62,000 appliances have been purchased so far under the rebate program.

Appliance rebates redux

As much as $400,000 in appliance rebates could go unclaimed and become available to people on a waiting list in the N.C. Energy Office promotion of Energy Star-rated appliances.

The state was distributing $1.3 million in rebates at the beginning of this month, courtesy of the federal stimulus.

Residents reserved all the rebate money within four days online or over the phone, but three weeks later, about 24 percent of those who reserved rebates have not submitted the required paperwork to receive the money.

Energy Office spokesman Seth Effron means that some have forgotten, some have lost their documentation and some may have mailed the materials too recently to be logged.

Energy Star rebates all gone

All the rebate money is gone.

The N.C. State Energy Office reports that as of this afternoon, 100 percent percent of the money has been claimed by residents who have bought energy-efficient appliances.

However, the State Energy Office is urging residents to continue reserving their rebates. The reason: As much as 20 percent of the rebate money -- or about $270,000 -- may go unclaimed, based on experience in other states. 

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