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      Consumers, retailers gain from appliance rebates

      Participation has been overwhelming in a statewide appliance rebate program that launched Wednesday.

      South Carolina issued a multi-million dollar program aimed at boosting the economy and reducing emissions, all by trading in old, inefficient appliances.

      And one day after its kick-off, the mail-in portion of the fund is already gone. However, $1.5 million in instant rebates remains.

      While going green is saving consumers green, it's also helping retailers, making it a win-win situation for all.

      "Top load washers are 40 to 60 gallons of water, and their energy rating is a lot better," explains Angela Wills, of Columbia Appliance & Service. "I think the rebate yesterday was a great incentive to get people in. Like I said, yesterday we did pretty well."

      The rebates range from $50 to $500 depending on the appliance.

      The program will end when the money runs out.

      To track the amount remaining, click here.

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