I'm working on a story about the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity's rebate program. Basically, if you buy an Energy Star washer, dishwasher, refrigerator, freezer or room air conditioner between April 16 and April 25 at certain retailers around the state, you'll instantly receive 15 percent off. The program is funded through stimulus money and obviously has a goal of keeping purchases local.
But I'm missing an angle I'd like to include in my story: the experience of someone who owns an Energy Star appliance.
(Of course, I think I'm going to take this opportunity to buy myself a refrigerator and get it painted red instead of ordering an expensive, retro-style model. But I can't really interject my own plans or experiences into the story, so I'm looking for someone else.)
So if you have an Energy Star appliance or plan to use this opportunity to buy one, will you e-mail me by this afternoon or Tuesday morning? I'd love it if you would.
Photo: from www.commerce.state.il.us