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Appliance Rebate Program Underway

By Rick HowlettKentucky state government has begun processing applications for an appliance rebate program funded with federal stimulus money.The state received about $4 million to offer in rebates to residents who purchase various Energy Star cerfitied appliances.Program manager Virginia Phifer says the Kentucky initiatve began today. "It is open to anybody who is a Kentucky resident who purchases from a Kentucky retailer and is replacing an older, less energy efficent model of the same product," Phifer said.Phifer says the rebates range from fifty to 400 dollars, and at least 22-percent of the funds have already been exhausted.Information about the Kentucky rebate program can be foundhere.Indiana officials say 41 percent of the state's $6 million rebate allotment has been spent. Details about that program are here.

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation." Email Rick at rhowlett@lpm.org.