SC energy efficient appliance rebates going fast

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Shoppers in South Carolina are quickly snapping up rebates for energy efficient appliances.

More than half of the $3.9 million set aside for rebates on Energy Star certified appliances were claimed by 4 p.m. on Wednesday, the first day the incentives were offered as part of the federal stimulus and recovery law.

At that time, the South Carolina Energy Office said on its Web site less than $1.7 million remained for the rebates of $50 to $100 on clothes washers, refrigerators and dishwashers.

About $282,000 of the rebates up to $500 for water heaters and central air conditioning units remained.

The rebates will be applied at store checkouts for smaller appliances. Companies installing whole-house equipment like water heaters and heating systems will reserve rebates online and give customers mail-in forms.

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