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Demand For Appliance Rebates Swamp Phone Lines in Iowa

The web site for Iowa's Cash for Refrigerators program has been overwhelmed by the demand for appliance rebates.  The state's web site, http://www.iowaappliancerebate.com/ became available at 8 a.m. Monday, but was down for much of the morning as rebate seekers hit "redial" on their phones and "refresh" on their computers at a rapid pace.  The program offers rebates of $100 to $500 for Iowans who buy a new Energy Star or CEE qualified appliances.  Rebate program director Linda King says the $2.7 million in federal funds for the program are expected to run out in two weeks. 3/01 AP