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State extends appliance rebate program


COLUMBUS — Ohio has extended its popular rebate program on kitchen and laundry appliances while redistributing more than $400,000 in unused refrigerator rebate money.

Those funds will be made available to people on waiting lists for the state's money-back deals on new, energy-saving dishwashers and clothes washers.

The rebate offers on those appliances ended Monday, but the Ohio Department of Development said Tuesday it would keep them going.

Last month, the state began providing more than $10 million in rebates on the appliances and water heaters, using federal stimulus funds.

Close to $2 million in rebate money is still available, with most of that reserved for people who buy Energy Star certified water heaters. That part of the program has a May 24 deadline.

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