Energy rebate program underway in Mississippi

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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - You can think of it like the Cash for Clunkers program except in this instance it's all about appliances, where the goal is to open the door for some energy savings and to start the process, Cowboy Maloney's in Hattiesburg, opened it's doors at midnight, giving customers the first available minute to take advantage of the state's $2.8 million rebate program.

"We had a great, great turnout. It's been one of the best things I've seen. It's kind of like Black Friday," said store manager Sharon Craft.

Craft says business was steady Thursday with customers ready to go green, and save some green while doing it.

"You're replacing your old appliances so that you can save energy," said Craft.

And a nice rebate to go with it. Which is exactly what got Ron and Gloria Hariel in spending mode.

"We bought a washer and a dishwasher and the rebate almost paid for one of them," said Hariel.

Here's how it works. First you have to purchase an energy efficient appliance.

"We go online to the Mississippi Web site and we reserve their money for them," said Craft.

From there you get a rebate form. You then have 14 days to mail it in. You're rebate then comes back in the form of a Visa card.

Depending on the appliance, the rebate could range anywhere from $50 to $750 per appliance.

"Right now you need to save money and with these rebates going on that we've got in here now, this is the day, the time to buy," said Gloria.

"We've been waiting to replace our washing machine. It was on literally on it's last leg, so that really helped us, helps the economy, helps us. I think it's a win-win situation, " said Gloria.

Craft says, "Everybody is going 'green' now, this is what this is all about, going 'green', energy efficiency in Mississippi and it's really a big deal," said Craft.

"I'm happy because I'm not going to be washing dishes anymore," said Gloria.

It's the first program of it's kind in the state, which Craft says saves customers money both up front and in the long run.

If you want to get in on this deal, you're going to have to do it quickly because once the money dries up, so do the rebates.

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