KMOV -- Like Cash for Clunkers, the federal government is giving out rebates to entice you to get rid of your old appliances and buy new, energy efficient models.
The program has already ended in Illinois, but is just beginning in Missouri.
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/