Lincoln, Neb. - Nebraska, one of the last remaining states to mount an appliance-rebate program, tore through half of its allotted funds yesterday in a matter of hours.
According to a report in the Lincoln Journal Star, Nebraska's
$1.5 million in federal subsidies for new energy-efficient appliances were halved by 2:00 p.m. yesterday, the first day of the state's "cash for appliances" program.
Nebraska Furniture Mart said about 300 to 400 customers were lined up before its doors opened in Omaha, while a Sears appliance manager in Lincoln reported lines that were six to eight deep across all checkout counters for the first three hours of business.
Rebates are only available at the point of sale in Nebraska, which joins Arizona, New Jersey and Oregon as the last remaining states to launch or resume stimulus cash-back programs this month.
Despite yesterday's in-store frenzy here, many states still have not exhausted their appliance-rebate allocations, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, which approved the state-administered programs.