CHICAGO (AP) -- The second round of Illinois' energy-efficient appliance rebate program did not last long.
According to officials, thousands of shoppers headed for stores Friday to take advantage of $3 million offered in savings to those who buy energy efficient appliances. As a result, a rebate program that was to be in place from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. ended at 10:30 a.m.
Those who bought Energy Star qualified refrigerators, freezers, clothes washers and dishwashers received a 15 percent rebate, or up $250 per appliance.
Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Director Warren Ribley is calling the one-day program a success.
More than $9 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds were offered earlier this year in the first rebate program, generating more than $75 million in sales and 1.3 trillion BTUs in lifetime energy savings.
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