Less than 20 percent remains of energy efficient appliance rebate funds

South Dakota's energy efficient appliance rebate program is nearing its end with just 19 percent of the rebate funds still available to consumers.

Since the program began on March 1, rebate applications for 5,306 appliances have been received, totaling $594,525, or 81 percent of the available funds.

The stimulus-funded rebate program to encourage replacement of old appliances with more efficient ENERGY STAR® qualified models started with $738,391 available for consumer rebates. As of Monday, March 5, an estimated $143,866 is left.

The mail-in rebates are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  The program will end when the money is gone.

"Consumers should check the program Web site or call the toll-free phone line to see how much money is left before making a purchase assuming a rebate will be available," said Mike Mueller, spokesman for the Bureau of Administration, the state agency administering the program.

The amount of funds remaining is updated each business day at http://appliancerebate.sd.gov/.  The estimate provided is based on the applications received to date. Complete eligibility criteria, application forms and instructions, lists of eligible ENERGY STAR qualified appliances, and recycling and disposal locations are also available at the Web site.

Consumers with questions can contact the rebate program by e-mail at ApplianceRebate@state.sd.us or by toll-free phone call to 1-866-353-1173.  Phone lines are staffed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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