Still a chance to get an appliance rebate?

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PHOENIX -- If you weren't able to get one of the limited "Cash for Appliances" rebates that were offered to Arizonans Monday, you might have a second chance.

The Arizona Appliance Rebate Program, which offered rebates for certain energy-efficient appliances, started accepting requests at 6 a.m. Monday. The money was expected to go quickly and it did. It took less than four hours for all of the rebates to be claimed.

People had to reserve their rebates online or by phone. While many hopefuls reported technical difficulties, which were believed to be due to overwhelming demand, the $6.2 million worth of rebates was snatched up quickly, with the dishwasher rebates going the fastest.

If you were unable to get a rebate, you might still be able to sign up on a waiting list. 3TV has been told that rebate coupons not used within two weeks will be made available.

The money for the program came from the federal government. Back in December, the U.S. Department of Energy approved $6.2 million to implement Arizona's program. It was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

The idea is to help consumer replace old, inefficient household appliances with Energy Star appliances.

The covered appliances -- clothes washers, dishwashers and water heaters -- were selected because not only are the Energy Star models more energy efficient, they also reduce water use. Clothes dryers were not included in the program because there are no Energy Star certified models.

Rebates ranged from $75 to $125 for dishwashers, $125-$200 for clothes washers, and $200 to $425 for water heaters.

At last check, the waiting lists for dishwashers and water heaters were closed. Sign-ups were still being taken for clothes washers.