UPDATE: Illinois announces the rebate program closes at 7 p.m. on April 16th: www.commerce.state.il.us/dceo/Bureaus/Energy_Recycling/Energy+Star+Rebates/
According to Governor Pat Quinn's office: Governor Pat Quinn announced that retail sales trends from 600 participating Illinois retailers show that all of the state's $6.2 million ENERGY STAR appliance rebate funding will be gone by 7 p.m. tonight, 11 hours after the program started.
Read the entire statement from Gov. Quinn: www.illinois.gov/gov/
Federal stimulus dollars have been doled out to each state to help fund a cash-for-appliances program. Like Cash for Clunkers, the government is giving out rebates to entice you to get rid of your old appliances and buy new, energy efficient models.
Only Energy Star-certified products are eligible because those products have met strict energy guidelines issues by the EPA and U.S. Department of Energy.
You can look up qualifying Energy Star appliances here: www.energystar.gov
Rebates in Illinois and Missouri are awarded on a first come, first serve basis.
However, every state is running its own program and has different sets of rules for obtaining the rebates.
Program begins April 16th at 8 a.m. and continues through April 25th or until the funds are used up.
Illinois Rules are Listed here: www.ildceo.net/dceo/Bureaus/Energy_Recycling/Energy+Star+Rebates/
Keep in mind, other states have run out of funds early. In Arizona, all rebates were requested within 3 hours and 40 minutes.
Illinois residents are eligible for rebates totalling 15% (up to $400) off the purchase of new Energy Star clothes washers, dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers and room air conditioners. Some types of rebates have already rolled out this year (rebates for heating and cooling units and water heaters) and are over.
You have to be a resident of Illinois to qualify and you must be the owner of the new appliance - these rebates are not intended for landlords.
There is only one rebate, per household, per category. So, you can get a rebate for a dishwasher and a freezer, but not two freezers.
Recyling of your old appliance is not required, but you can get another $75 rebate if you have your old freezer or full-size refrigerator recycled or if you donate it to a charity.
Rebates are only allowed through stores. You can't buy on-line and still get a rebate.
Here is the list of participating retailers: www.ildceo.net/NR/rdonlyres/88163DFD-9ED2-4E62-A356-3EA17AB5D4E5/0/ParticipatingRetailersSortedbyRetailerNameApr9.pdf
The program rolls out in two phases: the first two days of the program (between 8 a.m. on April 19th and 9 a.m. on April 21st), you can only obtain a rebate form from a retailer - at the time of the sale.
So, once you go to the store and pick out your appliance, the store will plug your information into the state's system, then obtain a rebate form for you. You will have to mail the rebate form, along with proof of purchase, and proof that you've recycled your appliance to the state. The state will then mail your rebate check.
You have to buy from a registered retailer. You can look one up here: missouriappliancerebate.com/RetailerSearch.aspx
The second phase begins at 9 a.m. on April 21st. That is when customers can go to the state's website directly or call the toll free number to sign up for a rebate.
Most rebates are expected to be given out through retailers, but a select number will be reserved for Wednesday.
Here is the website where you can register on Wednesday: missouriappliancerebate.com/
The toll-free number is 877-541-4848
Like Illinois, the Missouri rebate program is only available for Missouri residents and will not be awarded to landlords.
Unlike Illinois' program, Missouri will not award rebates for purchases of refrigerators or freezers. In Missouri, only brand new Energy Star gas furnaces, central air conditioning units, air source heat pumps, water heaters, clothes washing machines, and dishwashers are eligible for rebates. The rebate for clothes washers and dishwashers are $75. Rebates for the other items range from $100 to $500.
See the full list here: missouriappliancerebate.com/
In addition to the federal stimulus dollar rebates, Missouri is running the Show-Me Green Sales Tax Holiday. The state stared the holiday last year - exempting Energy Star purchases from the state sales tax for a full week. This year, the holiday runs from April 19th to April 25th.
Sales Tax Information can be found here: dor.mo.gov/tax/business/sales/taxholiday/green/