Retailers in Mississippi are gearing up for the beginning of the State Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program that begins at midnight.
The new program allows consumers to trade in older, less energy-efficient models.
It could be the next frenzy for customers who are in the market for new home appliances.
"After they check the availability of funds, then they will apply for their rebate, which we will do here in the store and then they leave with a piece of paper that they will mail to the state," said Ron Lane, manager of Cowboy Maloney's in Meridian. "Within fourteen days they will get their money back on a Visa cash card."
The rebate program is part of a $300 million national effort to encourage Americans to conserve energy.
The government has issued the state of Mississippi $2.8 million, which seems like a lot of money. But Lane said he believes, like other states, the money will run out quickly.
"Several of our surrounding states, they went within a few hours and that's why we're opening at midnight," Lane said.
Those wishing to participate in the rebate program must live in Mississippi and have a valid Mississippi residential address. They also must be willing to provide their first and last names, address and the type of appliance they plan to buy.
"They can apply for one rebate per category," said Lane. "And a category is a washing machine, a dishwasher, refrigerator, and air conditioner."
The rebates range between $50 and $750, depending on the appliance type and energy efficiency of the model purchased.
These are examples of some of the rebates offered:
Central A/C $100
Clothes washer $100-$150
Click the link below for more information about Mississippi's Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program.