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Sears Helps North Carolina Residents Take Advantage of Remaining Rebates for ENERGY STAR(R)-Qualified Appliances
Sears Blue Appliance Crew(TM) Helps State Residents Access up to $200 in
Mail-In Rebates as North Carolina Re-launches its 'Cash for Appliances'
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The Sears Blue Appliance
Crew(TM) is helping North Carolina residents access the $1 million in
remaining rebates for ENERGY STAR?-qualified appliances as part of the
state's second phase of the "Cash for Appliances" rebate program, which
begins on June 1. Following the success of North Carolina's initial program
launch in April, which was limited to four days of instant rebates of 15
percent off qualifying appliances, the state will re-launch its "Cash for
Appliances" program with a broader assortment of products and mail-in
rebates to disseminate the remaining funds. In an effort to help North
Carolina residents manage the rebate process, Sears has developed a
website, Sears.com/energystar, which includes an interactive map, energy
savings rebate calculator and information about ENERGY STAR products that
qualify for the state rebates so customers can quickly and easily identify
their favorite brands and models that are available for in-store purchase.
"As the 2010 ENERGY STAR Retail Partner of the Year, we're always
looking for ways to make it easier and more affordable for Americans to
swap out their old, inefficient appliances for new, ENERGY STAR models,"
said Doug Moore, president of Home Appliances for Sears. "We saw the
stimulus money go quickly during the first phase of North Carolina's rebate
program and since we anticipate that remaining funds will go fast, we
encourage our customers to take advantage of the rebate program as early as
possible to ensure access to the remaining rebates."
During the first phase of North Carolina's appliance rebate program,
state residents claimed $7.8 million of the $8.8 million funds available in
only four days. Now in its second phase, the state's rebate program will
continue until the stimulus money runs out and will offer a broader range
of eligible appliances and offer a mail-in rebate.
Under the U.S. Department of Energy-approved appliance rebate plan for
North Carolina, residents are eligible for mail-in rebates from $75 to
$200(I) at Sears. In order to qualify, residents are required to replace
their old appliances with new, ENERGY STAR-qualified models and while not
required, North Carolina residents are encouraged to recycle their old
appliances. Furthermore, in North Carolina, appliance purchase limits and
other eligibility restrictions may apply (see ncappliancerebate.com for
-- $75 for dishwashers
-- $75 for freezers
-- $100 for clothes washers
-- $150 for refrigerators
-- $200 for gas storage water heaters
Additionally, North Carolina residents are also eligible for rebates on
energy-efficient, whole-house heating and cooling systems including central
air conditioners, gas furnaces, heat pumps (air-source and ground-source)
and water heaters (tankless gas, solar electric backup and solar gas
backup). Residents who are interested in purchasing these systems can visit
Sears.com/energystar for a complete listing of qualifying products carried
at Sears and available rebates. Or call Sears Home Services at
1-800-766-6298 to arrange an in-home appointment.
"Sears is proud to be the first retailer in the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency's Responsible Appliance Disposal (RAD) program,
continuing our commitment to improving the environment through responsible
appliance disposal," Moore said. "Not only are we helping the environment
by reducing emissions of ozone-depleting substances and greenhouse gases,
but we are also helping customers, like those in North Carolina, to dispose
of their old appliances responsibly."
Through the RAD(II) program, the Sears Home Delivery Haul Away Service
provides removal of one old, inefficient appliance for each new appliance
purchased and delivered. Once the old appliance is removed, Sears and its
partners ensure that the disposal process takes place in an environmentally
friendly manner to avoid the discarding of appliances in landfills. Many of
the components of the old appliance are then recycled.
For North Carolina residents interested in purchasing energy-efficient,
ENERGY STAR-qualified appliances the Sears Blue Appliance Crew will assist
shoppers from start to finish. They can:
-- Provide information about which appliances qualify for state rebates in
store and online at Sears.com/energystar
-- Help shoppers find rebates - searching by product category and
customer's zip code
-- Submit rebates for purchases electronically, before they leave the store
-- Provide customers with the replacement documentation required in order
to receive the state rebates
-- Remove customers' old appliances and dispose of them in a responsible
manner through the Sears RAD program
For full rebate updates and details, and to learn more about Sears'
online and in-store Appliance Research Centers, please visit
About Sears, Roebuck and Co.
Sears, Roebuck and Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings
Corporation (Nasdaq: SHLD), is a leading broadline retailer providing
merchandise and related services. Sears, Roebuck offers its wide range of
home merchandise, apparel and automotive products and services through more
than 2,300 Sears-branded and affiliated stores in the United States and
Canada, which includes approximately 929 full-line and approximately 1,200
specialty stores in the U.S. Sears, Roebuck also offers a variety of
merchandise and services through sears.com, landsend.com, and specialty
catalogs. Sears, Roebuck offers consumers leading proprietary brands
including Kenmore, Craftsman, DieHard and Lands' End -- among the most
trusted and preferred brands in the U.S. Sears, Roebuck is the 2010 ENERGY
STAR Retail Partner of the Year. The company is the nation's largest
provider of home services, with more than 12 million service calls made
annually. For more information, visit the Sears, Roebuck website at
http://www.sears.com or the Sears Holdings Corporation website at
About Sears Home Appliances
Sears is the nation's leading appliance retailer with the largest
selection - over 4400 models. Only Sears sells the top 10 brands, including
Kenmore, the nation's leading appliance brand. Sears always beats the
competition's price, guaranteed, up to 30 days. Sears offers worry-free
1-year service, guaranteed and free help and support on all brands serviced
by Sears 24/7 by phone. Sears provides next day delivery on over 1600
models - that's five times more than any national competitor. In March
2009, Sears launched the online ENERGY STAR Rebate Center - a program to
help educate Americans about the millions of dollars in rebates that are
available for ENERGY STAR-rated products and make it faster to receive
these rebates. Sears has demonstrated its commitment to increasing
America's energy efficiency through its actions over more than 10 years.
Sears sells more ENERGY STAR-rated appliances than any other retailer.
In fact, in 2008, Sears was the first retailer to sell more than 3.1
million ENERGY STAR-qualified appliances from the nation's top brands,
including Kenmore, the nation's leading appliance brand.
(I) Program details subject to change. For the most up-to-date
information, visit http://www.Sears.com/EnergyStar.
(II) The Sears Responsible Appliance Disposal (RAD) program applies to
Sears full line stores.
SOURCE Sears, Roebuck and Co.
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CONTACT: Larry Costello of Sears Holdings Public Relations,
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