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Appliance Rebates Off to Slow Start

Rebates to buy energy-efficient appliances, announced by the U.S. government in July, are so far available only in Delaware and won't be offered in many states until spring. The $300 million "cash for appliances" program, funded by the federal economic stimulus, is being rolled out gradually, state by state. In contrast, the "cash for clunkers" car trade-in program was national, so all buyers became eligible the same day.  For retailers, it's easier to market a national program than it is for one with rules that vary by state. The DOE has a website linking to each state's program:   12/30 - USA TODAY