Arkansas Appliance Rebate Program starts Monday

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -- Starting March 15th,  the Arkansas Appliance Rebate program will offer rebates to those saying out with the old and in with some new,  more energy efficient appliances.

"It has to be replacing an existing appliance in Arkansas, it's only for Arkansas residents," said Kevin Kahoun at Home Depot.

Just as Cash for Clunkers aimed to reduce the number of gas guzzling, environmentally unfriendly cars on the roads, officials say the goal of the appliance rebate program is to increase energy efficiency.

"The older appliances aren't as efficient.  The money is coming from the Department of Energy to the state of Arkansas to get more energy efficiency in the home," said Kahoun.

ENERGY STAR washers, refrigerators and hot water heaters are eligible for the rebate. Sears sales associate, Aaron Wood, says Arkansas has been given around 2.7 million dollars for the program.

"It's kind of first come, first serve, because that's the only amount allotted," said Wood.

Rebates on eligible appliances range from $125 for a new refrigerator to $200 for a new hot water heater.  Washers are worth a rebate of $175.  Rebate application forms will be available online, through participating retailers, and through a number to be announced at a later date.

"You have 30 days to submit the rebate form," said Wood.

At Home Depot, Kevin Kahoun says many people are already looking to become more energy efficient in their homes.  Now, he says there may be even more of an incentive to do so.

"Folks want to save money, they want to do better for the environment, and they do look for the ENERGY STAR symbol," said Kahoun.

Once again, this is a mail-in rebate.   You won't see the savings at the cash register. There are other requirements in addition to proof of purchase that need to be submitted along with the rebate applications.

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