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Unused Appliance Rebate Funds Available to Minnesota Residents

November 17, 2010

Unused Appliance Rebate Funds Available to Minnesota Residents

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, November 17

Unused Appliance Rebate Funds Available to Minnesota Residents

(ST. PAUL, MN) Minnesota residents who missed out on the state's popular Trade-in & Save Appliance Rebate Program have one last chance to participate.

Since the launch of the program in the spring, 22,185 rebates have been mailed to Minnesota consumers.  However, a number of residents who reserved a rebate in the spring or who signed up for the waiting list did not claim their rebate by the deadline.  As a result, the program, which was launched March 1, 2010 with $5 million, now has $717,000 in rebate funds still available to consumers.

To qualify for a rebate, consumers must first purchase a qualifying ENERGY STAR appliance.  The rebate is retroactive and applies to purchases made on or after March 1, 2010.  Funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Minnesota residents who already received a rebate are not eligible.

Rebates can be used only for qualifying refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers and clothes washers.  Consumers should visit www.ENERGYSTAR.gov to learn more about energy-efficient products.

Rebates will be awarded as follows:
Clothes Washers   $200
Dishwashers         $150
Freezers              $100
Refrigerators*       $200

*Refrigerators must be at least 7.75 cubic feet and priced over $300

After a qualifying purchase is made, consumers must reserve a rebate application at www.mnappliancerebate.com or by calling 1-877-230-9119 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Once their rebate is reserved, residents must print out their confirmation page (those calling in will have a confirmation page mailed to them), attach it to their sales receipt, and mail it to the state's rebate processor.  Applications must be postmarked within 14 days of the reservation date.

The Minnesota Department of Commerce, Office of Energy Security is the state agency responsible for administering the program, which was funded with federal dollars.