Appliance Rebates Gone in One Day

It didn’t take long for the money to run out yesterday as millions of Texans reserved their federal rebates for buying new energy efficient appliances. Jack Williams reports.

If you did try to call to reserve a rebate, this is probably what you heard instead.

“We are experiencing unusually high call volumes. Please try your call again later. Goodbye.”

It took less than 8 hours for residents to lay-claim to $23 million in rebates. Allen Spelce is with the Texas Comptroller’s Office.

“We wish there were enough funds. It’s a part of the Federal Stimulus program, so there was a limited amount of funds. We knew it was going to be popular and it’s just unfortunate that all Texans couldn’t participate into it, but it’s basically a first-come, first-served basis.”   

There is still hope if you missed out on the first wave of rebates. Officials expect some who reserved rebates to not
follow through and actually buy appliances, so there’s now a waiting list.

“We’re not for sure how many people will actually go purchase that appliance during the allotted period, so then we’ll go to people on the wait list.”

People who did reserve a rebate will be able to begin buying their new energy efficient appliances starting next Friday, April 16th.  


Jack Williams

Jack Williams

News Director and Afternoon Host

Jack Williams is HPM’s news director and afternoon host on News 88.7. He’s been with the organization since 2000, including stints as a reporter and news anchor. Jack leads the largest public radio newsroom in Texas and has overseen significant growth in HPM’s news division since he became news director...

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