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Appliance rebate program lives on with another $18.5 million

Appliance rebate program lives on with another $18.5 million

Texas' appliance rebate program begins again in earnest Monday with a new boost: An additional $8.5 million in funds from the state of Texas.

$10 million had already been set aside for the program, and the Texas comptroller announced this week that the state would increase funding for the Energy Star rebate program by a cool $8.5 million.

Holiday shoppers can buy Energy Star appliances like refrigerators, dishwashers, and washing machines and mail in applications for rebates from $40 to $1,000 until all the funds are used up.

The state's first attempt at offering rebates for appliances was a bit of a mess. This time around, no advance reservations are needed, and you don't have to worry about calling in.

To earn a rebate, shoppers need only buy Energy Star appliances, dispose of or recycle their old appliances and mail in a rebate application along with a receipt. An additional $75 rebate is available as an incentive for those who recycle their old appliances.

Additional funding came from the leftover cash from the state's last appliance rebate program back in April.

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