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“Cash for Appliances” Expected to Boost NC Economy

Posted: April 22, 2010 by Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage

North Carolina shoppers only have four days to take advantage of a "Cash for Appliances" program offering 15% off new Energy Star appliances. Some local retailers are staying open longer and offering extra discounts to cash in on the anticipated rush.

North Carolina chose Earth Day to kick off the NC Energy Efficient Appliance Replacement and Rebate Program. The program offers North Carolina residents a 15% instant savings when they purchase new Energy Star clothes washers, dishwashers, refrigerators & freezers to replace old appliances. That means that an appliance that normally costs $500 will only cost $425. Shoppers will have to hurry to take advantage of the savings though. The program only runs from Thursday, April 22 through Sunday, April 25, 2010.

The so-called "Cash for Appliances" program is similar to its predecessor, "Cash for Clunkers." The $8.8 million North Carolina program is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Each state decided how to distribute their allotted funds. This program is designed to stimulate the economy with sales of new appliances and create energy savings by getting Americans to trade older appliances for newer, more energy efficient models.

"Appliances consume a huge amount of our electricity, so there's enormous potential to both save energy and save families money every month," said Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu in a press release. "These rebates will help families make the transition to more efficient appliances, making purchases that will directly stimulate the economy and create jobs."

North Carolina's program is similar to a program Florida launched last week. Florida planned for its program to last 10 days, but after the second day, the $17.5 million it allotted for the program had been exhausted. Florida's program offered 20% off the purchase of new energy efficient appliances. That means that Floridians spent $87.5 million on appliances in just two days. That means North Carolina shoppers may want to get out and take advantage of the offer sooner, rather than later.

Local appliance retailers are anticipating many more shoppers than usual, thanks to the program. Some are planning extended hours to accommodate the rush and others are even offering additional savings.

"I think a lot of people have been aware of the program and they've been looking ahead," Mindy Hughes of Crossroads Appliance Center in Supply told the Wilmington Star-News. Her store launched an advertising campaign about the rebate last month. "We've got a couple of remodels that have been sparked off by this program, which is great for us. Once they get one new item, they look at remodeling the whole kitchen." Hughes is planning on opening her store an hour early and staying open as late as necessary to serve her customers.

Atlantic Appliance is normally open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday. Instead, it will stay open until 8 p.m. these days. It will still be closed on Sunday.

Just across from Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Realty's main office, retailer hhgregg in Mayfaire Town Center will be open 6 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday thru Saturday. It's also offering 30% off Energy Star appliances those days. The store is also open Sunday 11 a.m.-7 p.m., but some anticipate the funds for the "Cash for Appliances" program may be exhausted by then.

Lowe's and Home Depot are offering an additional 10% off Energy Star appliances more than $398. Both retailers are open Thursday thru Saturday 6 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m.-8 p.m, though Home Depot will open at 5 a.m. Thursday.

Thru Saturday, Sears is offering 30% off Energy Star appliances, in addition to the 15% "Cash for Appliances" savings. Its store hours vary by location.

To qualify for the North Carolina "Cash for Appliances" program, Energy Star clothes washers, dishwashers, refrigerators & freezers must be replacing an older appliance that will be recycled. Sales tax will be applied to the price of the appliance prior to the 15% instant rebate. Buyers must be North Carolina residents and purchase the new appliances from a participating North Carolina retailer. For more information on NC Energy Efficient Appliance Replacement and Rebate Program, please visit

Participating retailers in our area are:

Onslow County

  • Best Buy, 1116 Western Blvd., Jacksonville

  • Boomtown Furniture, 625 New Bridge Street, Jacksonville

  • Freedom Furniture and Electronics, 2153 Lejeune Blvd., Jacksonville

  • Furniture Fair, 507 Bell Fork Road, Jacksonville

  • Furniture Fair, 2015 Lejeune Blvd., Jacksonville

  • Home Depot, 479 Western Blvd. Hwy 17, Jacksonville

  • Lowe's, 1255 Western Blvd., Jacksonville

  • Lowe's, 425 Yopp Road, Jacksonville

  • Major Appliance & Furniture Co., 2129 Lejeune Blvd., Jacksonville

  • Marine Corps Community Services, Birch and Holcomb Streets, Camp Lejeune

  • Sears, 344 Jacksonville Mall, Jacksonville

Pender County

  • Lowe's, 106 Wilkes Lane, Hampstead

  • Sears, 15530 US Highway 17, Hampstead

New Hanover County

  • Atlantic Appliance & Hardware, 914 S. Kerr Avenue, Wilmington

  • Badcock Home Furniture & More, 2642 Carolina Beach Road, Wilmington

  • Best Buy, 309 S. College Road, Wilmington

  • Ferguson Bath & Kitchen Gallery, 1925 Dawson St., Wilmington

  • hhgregg, 830 Inspiration Drive, Wilmington

  • Home Depot, 5511 Carolina Beach Road, Wilmington

  • Home Depot, 210 Eastwood Road, Wilmington

  • Island Appliance, 5946 Carolina Beach Road, Wilmington

  • Kitchen Dreams, 700 Military Cutoff Road, Wilmington

  • Lowe's, 5110 S. College Road, Wilmington

  • Lowe's, 354 S. College Road, Wilmington

  • Sears, 3500 Oleander Drive, Wilmington

Brunswick County

  • Badcock Home Furniture & More, 4511 N. Main Street, Shallotte

  • Crossroads Appliance Center, 50 Green Swamp Road N.W., Supply

  • Home Depot 150-1 Shallotte Crossing, Shallotte

  • Lowe's, 351 Whiteville Road, Shallotte

  • Lowe's, 5084 Southport Supply Road S.E., Southport

  • Sears, 5302 Main Street, Shallotte

  • Shallotte Electric Stores, 4900 Main Street, Shallotte

Duplin County

  • Brandsource, 111 E. Southerland Street, Wallace

  • Brewer Co. True Value Hardware, 348 N.E. Center Street, Faison

  • Harrell's Department Store, 107 S. Wright Street, Burgaw

  • Lanier & Smith Ace Hardware, 4646 South NC Highway 50, Chinquapin

  • Page Audio-Video-Appliances, 312 N. Front Street, Warsaw

  • Rochelle Furniture Co., 111 W. Fremont Street, Burgaw

  • Sears, 1315 N. Norwood Street, Wallace

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