Are you ready for Round 2? Here at Abt, we definitely are! For one day only (Friday, September 24th), you can be one of thousands of IL residents to use part of the remaining $3 million in stimulus funds. Illinois residents can receive 15% instantly (up to $250 per category) on Energy-Star qualified appliances. Just like the Cash for Appliances Day in April, this money is given out first come, first serve. Below are some things you will need to know about this program.
Promotion takes place on Friday, September 24th. Once the funds are gone, they are gone.
Abt opens at 7am, with tickets being processed at 8am.
A 15% off instant discount, up to $250. Customers may receive one rebate for each product category.
Hello! It’s Tim again and I’m back with more green tips for you!
Today, with the current heat level around here, I thought I’d talk about refridgerators. After your HVAC system, your fridge uses the most energy of any appliance in your home.
When buying a new or replacement fridge, keep these things in mind:
Buy an energy star unit. The slightly higher purchase price will be offset by your lower energy bill in the long run.
If you are in the process of planning product placement, keep the fridge away from heat registers and out of direct sunlight.
Look at a French door unit. When the kids, or you, go to peruse the fridge for what you may want to eat, only having half of a door open lets less cold out than having a full door open. This is one of the biggest benefits of a French door unit. Plus they look great!
When using the fridge you should:
Plan on what you want before opening the fridge. Standing with the door open quickly raises the temperature and makes your fridge work harder than needed.
Plan when putting your groceries away. Separate which products go into the fridge or freezer. Then, only open each door once to put it all away. This is much better than opening a door for each individual item.
Keep the fridge at 36-38 degrees. This is the sweet spot for energy efficiency.
Check the seal around the door. Make sure it is in good condition, seals all the way around, and that nothing is keeping the door from closing all the way.
Let your leftovers cool on the counter before putting them in the fridge. Putting hot food in the fridge is a sure way to increase your energy use.
With summer here, your fridge will get lots of use taking care of you by giving you cold drinks and ice to cool off. Take care of your fridge by helping it to work as little as possible! For more information on choosing a fridge, view our Refrigerator Video Buying Guide.
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.