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Appliance rebate funds fully reserved

November 17, 2010

Appliance rebate funds fully reserved

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Residents May Still Sign Up for Waiting List

(ST. PAUL, MN)  Nearly 4,130 Minnesota residents secured a rebate Wednesday morning under the second phase of the state's popular Minnesota Trade-in & Save Appliance Rebate program. The program was re-launched early this morning with $717,000 in unclaimed funds remaining from the initial offering in March of this year. The rebate funds are now fully reserved.

"Minnesotans have shown us once again that they are interested in not only saving money, but in saving energy, as well," said Jim Pearson, deputy commissioner for the Minnesota Department of Commerce. The qualifying appliances included ENERGY STAR labeled refrigerators, clothes washers, dishwashers, and freezers. Reservations were accepted for 1,585 refrigerators, 1,580 clothes washers, 825 dishwashers, and 134 freezers.

The rebate program was available through an on-line or phone application process.There were 3,697 reservations taken via the web and 427 reservations taken by phone. Consumers were required to have purchased an appliance before applying, with purchases after March 1, 2010 qualifying. The rebate process opened first thing Wednesday morning and was completed just before 11 a.m. There were no reported delays in the application process.

Consumers still interested in a rebate may sign up for the waiting list by visiting www.mnappliancerebate.com or by calling 1-877-230-9119.  Should additional funds become available, consumers on the wait list will be served in the order their applications were received.