Sears Public Relations And Communications
Sears Helps Illinois Residents Access Remaining Rebates for Energy Star? Qualified Appliances
Sears Blue Appliance Crew(TM) to Help Residents Switch to Energy Efficient
Appliances and Save
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., Sept. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The Sears Blue
Appliance Crew(TM) will make it easier for Illinois residents to access the
$3 million in remaining rebates for ENERGY STAR? qualified appliances as
part of the state's re-launch of the "Cash for Appliances" program. To help
customers attain the rebates, Sears stores throughout the state of Illinois
will open early at 7 a.m. Additional Sears Blue Appliance Crew members will
also be in stores to assist customers and file rebates when the state
program opens at 8 a.m.
"At Sears, we're committed to helping our customers do their part to
help reduce their impact on the environment and save on their monthly
utility bills," said Doug Moore, president of Home Appliances for Sears.
"When the Illinois appliance rebate program initially launched in April, we
had hundreds of customers lining up at many of our stores before they even
opened. We expect to see a similar response with the second phase, as
rebate funds are projected to last no more than one day, so we encourage
customers to take advantage of the remaining rebates as early as possible."
Beginning at 8 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 24, Illinois residents purchasing
ENERGY STAR qualified appliances are eligible for instant rebates of 15
percent (1) off certain appliances, up to $250 per appliance, at Sears. In
order to qualify, residents must provide their zip codes and are required
to replace their old appliances with new ENERGY STAR qualified models.
Rebates will also be limited to one appliance category per household.
-- Clothes washers
Furthermore, to help families make the switch to energy efficient
appliances, Sears recently launched an initiative called The Big Switch.
The program challenges American families to make the switch to five million
ENERGY STAR qualified appliances while also recycling appliances by taking
them off the grid and saving families more than $2,500 on their utility
bills (2). Consumers can learn more about the available rebates and ways to
reduce their energy and water consumption at SearsBigSwitch.com.
"We hope to create a movement with The Big Switch that encourages even
more customers to consider ENERGY STAR qualified appliances, take the
ENERGY STAR Pledge, and learn more about the small steps they can take to
make a difference for our environment," added Moore. "Programs like the
Sears Big Switch, the Responsible Appliance Disposal (RAD) program and
national Cash for Appliances rebate program truly make it easier and more
affordable to help customers remove and recycle their appliances."
Through the RAD (3) program, the Sears Home Delivery Haul Away Service
can provide removal of old, inefficient appliances (4) for each new
appliance purchased and delivered.
For Illinois 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 SearsBigSwitch.com
-- Help shoppers find rebates - searching by product category and
customer's zip code
-- Submit rebates for purchases electronically, before they leave the store
-- Remove customers' old appliances and dispose of them in a responsible
For full rebate updates and details, and to learn more about the 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.
(1) Program details subject to change. For the most up-to-date
information, visit http://www.SearsBigSwitch.com
(2) Based on utility savings over five years, associated with replacing
the following 10-year-old non-ENERGY STAR qualified products: refrigerator,
dishwasher, clothes washer, room air conditioner and water heater, with
ENERGY STAR products.
(3) The Responsible Appliance Disposal (RAD) program applies to Sears
full line stores.
(4) The RAD program applies to refrigerators, freezers and air
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CONTACT: Larry Costello of Sears Holdings Public Relations,
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Kelly.Hall@eurorscg.com, both for Sears, Roebuck and Co.