UPDATE: Appliance Replacement Grants Depleted For Hurricane Victims

A program to help families and small businesses buy new energy-efficient appliances after hurricane Irene has already exhausted all of its funds.

The North Carolina Hurricane Appliance Replacement Program, or HARP, had $1.4 million dollars in federal money available. As of Tuesday morning, all funds were reserved. A waiting list opened in case more funds become available. Nearly 3,000 appliances will be purchased through the program.

If you lost major home appliances in Hurricane Irene there is now a program to help replace them.

The Governor's Office announced the federal Recovery Act will fund $1.4 million in grants for the North Carolina Hurricane Appliance Replacement Program.

The program will replace heating and cooling systems, hot water systems and refrigerators damaged by Irene with Energy Star ones.

Residents and small businesses in the following Federal Emergency Management Agency-designated counties, as of Sept. 12th, are eligible for the HARP program: Beaufort, Bertie, Brunswick, Camden, Carteret, Chowan, Columbus, Craven, Currituck, Dare, Duplin, Edgecombe, Gates, Greene, Halifax, Hertford, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Nash, New Hanover, Northampton, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Pender, Perquimans, Pitt, Sampson, Tyrrell, Vance, Warren, Washington Wayne and Wilson. This list could expand pending action by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s designation of affected counties.

Consumers can go on-line or call a special telephone number to start the application process to receive their assistance. The link to the North Carolina HARP can be found at www.energync.net. Look for the blue Energy Star logo. Consumers without Internet access may call toll free to 1-877-826-8571.

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