Appliance rebate program kicks off in Kentucky

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - People all over the world celebrated Earth Day on April 22, and people buying appliances in Kentucky have a little more cause to celebrate, thanks to a government program that's offering rebates for the purchase of energy efficient appliances. State officials expect the government stimulus money for the rebates to be quickly depleted, but there's is a way to reserve your rebate if you plan to buy a new appliance soon.

First it was Cash for Clunkers, now it's Cash for Appliances. The rebates range anywhere from $40 dollars air conditioners to $400 for electric heat pump water heaters.

Kentucky has $4 million federal stimulus money earmarked for the Kentucky Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program - and the money is going fast.

Laura Lun and her husband are giving their kitchen a makeover, and plan to take full advantage of the rebate program. When they heard about Kentucky's Cash for Appliances rebate program, they hit Home Depot, buying a refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave and stove. Under the guidelines set by the state, only two of those appliances qualify for rebates.

"Just on the refrigerator and the dishwasher - $50 for each one," Lund said. "It's not that big a savings, but it's still $100. I had to get them anyway, so it's a good time to do it."

Some local retailers are also trying to cash in by sweetening the deal. For example, Lowe's and Home Depot are offering additional discounts.

"You also get 10% off Energy Star, so 10 percent off, plus the rebate, which is great," said Home Depot Manager Michael Reinhold.

The discounts and rebates apply to more than dozen different appliances.

If you're planning on buying an appliance, you can reserve your rebate right now before all the money is gone by visiting the Kentucky Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate program web site.

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