Illinois Appliance Rebate Program Over in 2½ Hours

September 24, 2010

Guess we got the word out successfully.

Illinois residents certainly took advantage of the Energy Star Appliance Rebate Program on Friday, flying through the $3.6 million in funds in a mere 2½ hours.

According to the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, participating retailers started providing the rebates to buying customers Friday at 8 a.m. Funds ran out by 10:30 a.m.

The rebates gave customers an automatic 15% (up to $250) on Energy Star refrigerators, freezers, clothes washers and dishwashers.

The funds are coming from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, in which Illinois received about $12.4 million. The first round of the rebate program included a day in April when about $6.2 million in funds slated to last 10 days instead ran out in 11 hours.

That first round saved 1.3 trillion BTUs in lifetime energy savings, the same as taking 1,712 vehicles off the road. It also generated more than $75 million in sales for Illinois retailers.

“In this round, a shorter dollar amount was given so it went in a shorter span,” said Rosie Cruise, store manager of Lowe’s in Northbrook.

But it was still a successful shorter span. Governor Pat Quinn said that today’s rebate program generated than $25 million on more than 27,000 energy-efficient appliances throughout the state.

“Never in the history of Illinois have sales been so brisk,” said David Vite, president of the Illinois Retail Merchants Association. “This makes Black Friday look like a slow day.”

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