The Sears Blue Appliance Crew™ will make it easier for Illinois residents to access the $3 million in remaining rebates for ENERGY STAR® qualified appliances as part of the state's re-launch of the "Cash for Appliances" program. To help customers attain the rebates, Sears stores throughout the state of Illinois will open early at 7 a.m. Additional Sears Blue Appliance Crew members will also be in stores to assist customers and file rebates when the state program opens at 8 a.m.
"At Sears, we're committed to helping our customers do their part to help reduce their impact on the environment and save on their monthly utility bills," said Doug Moore, president of Home Appliances for Sears. "When the Illinois appliance rebate program initially launched in April, we had hundreds of customers lining up at many of our stores before they even opened. We expect to see a similar response with the second phase, as rebate funds are projected to last no more than one day, so we encourage customers to take advantage of the remaining rebates as early as possible."
Beginning at 8 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 24, Illinois residents purchasing ENERGY STAR qualified appliances are eligible for instant rebates of 15 percent (1) off certain appliances, up to $250 per appliance, at Sears. In order to qualify, residents must provide their zip codes and are required to replace their old appliances with new ENERGY STAR qualified models. Rebates will also be limited to one appliance category per household.
-- Clothes washers -- Dishwashers -- Freezers -- Refrigerators
Furthermore, to help families make the switch to energy efficient appliances, Sears recently launched an initiative called The Big Switch. The program challenges American families to make the switch to five million ENERGY STAR qualified appliances while also recycling appliances by taking them off the grid and saving families more than $2,500 on their utility bills (2). Consumers can learn more about the available rebates and ways to reduce their energy and water consumption at SearsBigSwitch.com.
"We hope to create a movement with The Big Switch that encourages even more customers to consider ENERGY STAR qualified appliances, take the ENERGY STAR Pledge, and learn more about the small steps they can take to make a difference for our environment," added Moore. "Programs like the Sears Big Switch, the Responsible Appliance Disposal (RAD) program and national Cash for Appliances rebate program truly make it easier and more affordable to help customers remove and recycle their appliances."
Through the RAD (3) program, the Sears Home Delivery Haul Away Service can provide removal of old, inefficient appliances (4) for each new appliance purchased and delivered.
For Illinois residents interested in purchasing energy efficient, ENERGY STAR qualified appliances the Sears Blue Appliance Crew will assist shoppers from start to finish. They can:
-- Provide information about which appliances qualify for state rebates in store and online at SearsBigSwitch.com -- Help shoppers find rebates - searching by product category and customer's zip code -- Submit rebates for purchases electronically, before they leave the store -- Remove customers' old appliances and dispose of them in a responsible manner
For full rebate updates and details, and to learn more about the Sears online and in-store Appliance Research Centers, please visit www.sears.com/energystar.
About Sears, Roebuck and Co.
Sears, Roebuck and Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD), is a leading broadline retailer providing merchandise and related services. Sears, Roebuck offers its wide range of home merchandise, apparel and automotive products and services through more than 2,300 Sears-branded and affiliated stores in the United States and Canada, which includes approximately 929 full-line and approximately 1,200 specialty stores in the U.S. Sears, Roebuck also offers a variety of merchandise and services through sears.com, landsend.com, and specialty catalogs. Sears, Roebuck offers consumers leading proprietary brands including Kenmore, Craftsman, DieHard and Lands' End -- among the most trusted and preferred brands in the U.S. Sears, Roebuck is the 2010 ENERGY STAR Retail Partner of the Year. The company is the nation's largest provider of home services, with more than 12 million service calls made annually. For more information, visit the Sears, Roebuck website at www.sears.com or the Sears Holdings Corporation website at www.searsholdings.com.
About Sears Home Appliances
Sears is the nation's leading appliance retailer with the largest selection - over 4400 models. Only Sears sells the top 10 brands, including Kenmore, the nation's leading appliance brand. Sears always beats the competition's price, guaranteed, up to 30 days. Sears offers worry-free 1-year service, guaranteed and free help and support on all brands serviced by Sears 24/7 by phone. Sears provides next day delivery on over 1600 models - that's five times more than any national competitor. In March 2009, Sears launched the online ENERGY STAR Rebate Center - a program to help educate Americans about the millions of dollars in rebates that are available for ENERGY STAR-rated products and make it faster to receive these rebates. Sears has demonstrated its commitment to increasing America's energy efficiency through its actions over more than 10 years.
Sears sells more ENERGY STAR-rated appliances than any other retailer. In fact, in 2008, Sears was the first retailer to sell more than 3.1 million ENERGY STAR qualified appliances from the nation's top brands, including Kenmore, the nation's leading appliance brand.
(1) Program details subject to change. For the most up-to-date information, visit www.SearsBigSwitch.com
(2) Based on utility savings over five years, associated with replacing the following 10-year-old non-ENERGY STAR qualified products: refrigerator, dishwasher, clothes washer, room air conditioner and water heater, with ENERGY STAR products.
(3) The Responsible Appliance Disposal (RAD) program applies to Sears full line stores.
(4) The RAD program applies to refrigerators, freezers and air conditioning units.
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