The Energy Star rebate program is in full swing. After the busiest morning in Abt history, the store is still full of people ready to get their hands on a new Energy Star appliance.
Right now there is still stimulus money available but we are hesitant to think money will be available after 5 pm. So, if you are in the market for a new appliance, come on in, while the money is available.
To accommodate those who weren’t able to get into the store today, Abt will continue giving 15% off most products for the next few days.
Monday morning, ABC 7 News visited Abt to discuss the stimulus program for appliances, beginning Friday. Illinois received $12 million for Energy Star qualifying hot water heaters, central air conditioners, furnaces, and appliances.
The rebate began for hot water heaters, central air conditioners, and furnaces on January 31st of this year. Half of the stimulus money has already been doled out.
Beginning this Friday, April 16, any in-store purchase of Energy Star qualified clothes washers, dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers, and room air conditioners from participating retailers will be eligible for a rebate. The rebate program ends April 25th or when the funds run out.
The Illinois government has imposed a cap on the rebate program. A maximum rebate of $400 per appliance will be allowed. Prior to the new rebate cap, 15% of the cost of the appliance was going to be reimbursed. The change will enable more people to participate in the program and the funding will reach more participants. This will ensure that high-end appliance purchases will not deplete the funds too quickly.
There are a couple of ways to participate in the rebate program. You will automatically receive your rebate on Energy Star qualifying appliances at the point-of-purchase. There is an additional $75 mail-in-rebate exists for those who opt to recycle old refrigerators and freezers.
The recycling rebate must be filled out and mailed in. Those who elect to recycle their old refrigerators and freezers will pay the $29-$49 Abt fee and then they will receive the $75 after the rebate is processed.
If you purchase 2 select Whirlpool appliances, receive a $100 rebate.
If you purchase 3 select Whirlpool appliances, receive a $200 rebate.
If you purchase 4 select Whirlpool appliances, receive a $250 rebate.
For all appliances that are in the “Bonus” category receive up to $100 per appliance (limit 4).
Have you visited the Whirlpool store at Abt? We have a large selection of cooktops, ovens, ranges, air conditioners, air purifiers, dehumidifiers, trash compactors, refrigeration, laundry products, dishwashers, microwave products, and accessories.
You can view the whirlpool products in the showroom or online at Abt.com.
Its Abt Customer Appreciation Sale time once again. Come into Abt or speak with an Abt sales specialist on the phone today for special pricing in every department! Abt will be open 9am to 9pm today, Saturday’s hours are 9am to 7:30pm, and Sunday the Abt showroom will be open from 9:30am to 7pm. Help us celebrate our 74 years in business.
Abt warrantiesare an important part of every purchase. They will protect your appliance or electronic after the manufacturers warranty is long gone. Ideally, nothing will ever go wrong with your purchase, but that’s not always the case. Many times you will run into difficulty and not want to be faced with the cost of a service call.
After speaking with Steve P., an internet sales specialist, he let me know that the warranty for many products costs less than a service call. It pays to have the warranty because parts can be expensive. When you have the Abt warranty, you will not have to incur the extra cost for parts if they become necessary.
Rafael P., another internet sales specialist conveyed that it’s always reassuring to have the “peace of mind” that the warranty brings. Knowing that many people don’t have the extra money that they used to due to the country’s economic condition, paying for service is one less thing to worry about.
Any of the internet sales, phone sales, or in-store sales specialists can guide you through the warranty buying process. A great benefit to the Abt warranty is that you will never have to manage paperwork. Both Abt and the warranty company keep detailed records of your purchase and warranty; eliminating the fear of losing valuable paperwork. Call or come in and speak with someone about an Abt warranty for your next purchase.
Take $680 off your annual energy bills plus spend half of what you’ve been spending on the energy to power your refrigerator, and 10% less on air conditioning. Sounds good, doesn’t it? Joe Klett, a manager at Abt electronics, has recently pointed out that’s all possible—just by switching out old energy-sucking appliances, and buying new Energy Star appliances. According to Klett, appliances account for 17 percent of the energy consumed in homes each year. Can you imagine on top of that, 75 percent of the energy used by home electrics are burned when they are powered off, but left plugged in. Sounds like throwing money away to me.
Klett points out that Energy Star appliances help save consumers money. Energy Star was a program born of the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U. S. Department of Energy to help everyone save money as well as benefit the environment. According to Energystar.org, “Results are already adding up. Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved enough energy in 2008 alone to avoid greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 29 million cars — all while saving $19 billion on their utility bills.”
Abt carries various Energy Star appliances and we have many highly-educated appliance specialists. Come in and check out all of our environmentally (and wallet) friendly Energy Star appliances!
To read more about Energy Star appliances: Click Here.
There have been many discussions on the news regarding consumer buying confidence and its relation to the current state of the stock market. On Wednesday, July 29th, the Commerce Department released data that showed new durable goods orders fell 2.5% in June, which is the largest percentage drop since January, after rising in May. However, if you take away the transportation (aircrafts, cars, and boats) sector, orders were actually up 1.1% in June. This was the largest advance in four months!
The next day, Fox News came in to Abt Electronics to find out how sales and buying confidence were doing. Fox chose Abt because we are one of the largest, single-store retailers in the country. Carina Soon spoke with Jon Abt and General Manager Marc Cook about how business is going and if we had been impacted by the down economy. As with most businesses, certain departments have decreased in sales. But unlike those businesses, our main store has seen an increase in sales. This tells us that even when the stock market is facing hardships, our core values are what keep our customers coming back. “Everyday low prices, wide selection, free shipping and quality service.” – Jenn A.