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3 ON YOUR SIDE: Energy-efficient appliance rebate kicks off

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) -  On earth day, Anne Booth is going green to save green.

"Anything that can save you money, I'm there," said Booth, while shopping for a new dishwasher at Cowboy Maloney's in Jackson early Thursday morning.

Booth said the promise of a state rebate was just the push she needed to buy a new appliance.

"$75 off, that's quite a push, yes," said Booth.

The Magnolia State's $2.8 million rebate program applies to Energy Star qualified appliances. It's aimed at boosting the economy and getting people to go green.

"It's very helpful. It's very helpful and it's helpful for the businessmen too," said Booth.

The program kicked off at 12:01 Thursday morning, and continues until the money runs out.

Businesses like Cowboy Maloney's opened early for the occasion.

"The early morning opening was bigger than we ever anticipated. We did not know the what the crowd was going to be like at 12:01 am, and it was much bigger than we expected," said Johnny Maloney, co-owner of Cowboy Maloney's.

He said about 200 total customers were lined up outside the Jackson area stores.

Customers like Booth said there was one reason they came out early.

"I was afraid the money would run out, yes."

And even though the rebate is a one-time deal, Maloney says the savings aren't.

"Basically, it may pay for itself when you talk about the savings from the energy," said Maloney.

There are some key points you need to know. You can get $50-$750 dollars back when you replace an old appliance with a new Energy Star qualified one. You've got to apply for that rebate within 14 business days. And you've got to be a Mississippi residents buying from a Mississippi company.

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