Texans With Rebates Can Start Buying Appliances

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    MARIN CITY, CA - MARCH 26: An Energy Star label is displayed on a brand new washing machine at a Best Buy store March 26, 2010 in Marin City, California. Government investigators from the General Accountability Office has concluded that the Environmental Protection Agency and the Energy Department run Energy Star program is susceptible to fraud and abuse. Investigators attempted to get Energy Star certification for 20 fake products, including a gasoline powered alarm clock, which was approved along with 14 other phony appliances. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    Let the buying begin for the thousands of Texans who got through to register for a rebate program that left out millions of others out of luck.

    Texans who registered April 7, via overwhelmed phone lines and computer systems, began buying their appliances Friday.

    The Texas Trade Up program involves more than $20 million in federal stimulus funds. Rebates are for consumers who buy certain energy-efficient appliances.

    The Texas comptroller's office says 38 million Web hits were recorded in the hours before the program filled up. The agency says nearly 39,000 rebate reservations were guaranteed.

    The purchase period ends April 25 for refrigerators, freezers, clothes washers, dishwashers and room air conditioners. For central air conditioners, hot water heaters and air-source heat pumps, the purchase period ends 60 days from the rebate reservation or waitlist request date.

    On the Net: http://texaspowerfulsmart.org