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      Maumee store first in Ohio to offer appliance rebates

      A local business will become the first store in Ohio to kick off the government's new appliance rebate program.

      The Appliance Center will open it's Maumee-store doors for 24-hours beginning at 11:30 p.m., Thursday, Mar. 25. The store will offer the first of Ohio's 89,335 rebates to residential customers looking to replace their old, inefficient appliances with new ENERGY STAR appliances. The rebates will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

      Through the 'cash for appliances' program, the state has made nearly $11 million in rebates available to interested consumers; however, the funds are expected to dry up quickly. Appliance Center is the first store in the state to offer the rebates.

      Buyers of qualifying energy-efficient appliances, such as water heaters, washers, dishwashers, and refrigerators, are required to recycle their models according to state and federal law. Appliance Center says they will offer customers free recycling and assist with rebate forms in order to make the process as easy as possible.

      Those purchasing the new energy-efficient appliances can expect to receive rebates ranging from $100 to $250. Households may receive multiple rebates if more than one type of appliance is replaced.

      John and Julie Oswald, co-owners of Appliance Center say they expect a tremendous state-wide turnout for the program. "this is a once in a lifetime opportunity that will realistically never be repeated, so we will do everything we can to make this as simple as possible for our customers."

      A list of qualified appliances can be found on the ENERGY STAR website.

      Appliance Center is located at 321 Illinois Ave. in Maumee.