05/26/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Ohio Appliance Rebate: Special Program For Energy Star Products Officially Underway

The Ohio Appliance Rebate program began today, incentivizing customers to invest in Energy Star appliances.

The rebate applies to refrigerators, clothes washers, dishwashers, gas storage water heaters, and electric heat pump water heaters, and it ranges from $100 to $250 depending on the appliance.

The Ohio Appliance Rebate Web site noted some of the rules behind the program, which began rewarding Ohioans on a first-come, first-served basis at 8 a.m. today:

New appliances must be purchased within 3 days of reserving your rebate, and old appliances must be recycled so they are rendered inoperable. Online purchases do not qualify for a rebate. notes that approximately $10.5 million dollars is available for the rebate program.

Some 90,000 rebates in all are expected to be given out and some retailers are extending hours to allow customers to buy new appliances and utilize the rebate, WFMJ reports.

Customers can get the necessary rebate information to participate at the Ohio Appliance Rebate Web site or by calling 1-888-686-8896.