Texans with rebates can start buying appliances
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Let the buying begin for the thousands of
Texans who got through to register for a rebate program that left
out millions of others out of luck.
Texans who registered April 7, via overwhelmed phone lines and
computer systems, began buying their appliances Friday.
The Texas Trade Up program involves more than $20 million in
federal stimulus funds. Rebates are for consumers who buy certain
The Texas comptroller's office says 38 million Web hits were
recorded in the hours before the program filled up. The agency says
nearly 39,000 rebate reservations were guaranteed.
The purchase period ends April 25 for refrigerators, freezers,
clothes washers, dishwashers and room air conditioners. For central
air conditioners, hot water heaters and air-source heat pumps, the
purchase period ends 60 days from the rebate reservation or
waitlist request date.