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Rebates available for energy efficient appliances

State rebates will be offered on energy efficient home appliances beginning Monday.

Alabama’s Energy Efficient Rebate Program will last until May 9 and will offer the chance to get back as much as $150 on a single appliance or $250 back if multiple appliances are purchased.

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs will offer rebates on energy efficient room air conditioners ($25), freezers ($50), dishwashers ($75), clothes washers ($100) and standard-sized refrigerators ($150).

The amounts listed above are for individual appliances. Customers who bought multiple energy efficient appliances could be eligible for as much as $250.

The rebates are for appliances with new Energy Star labels, and the program is being funded by federal stimulus money.

“True to the spirit of the act, the program is designed to give an economic boost to Alabama retailers,” Doni Ingram, director of the Department of Economic and Community Affairs, wrote in a press release. “Many of us cut back on spending as the nation’s economy slumped, resulting in less business for our merchants.

“To encourage residents to buy locally, rebates will be given only for purchases made in Alabama stores.”