>>ERIC CURRY: MR. DUNCAN,
WHAT IS THE ENERGY STAR APPLIANCE REBATE PROGRAM
AND HOW WILL THIS PROGRAM STIMULATE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
WHILE HELPING PEOPLE SAVE ENERGY?>>RUSSELL DUNCAN: AS YOU
POINTED OUT EARLIER, ERIC, THIS IS THE RESULT OF THE
RECOVERY DOLLARS THAT HAVE COME INTO NORTH CAROLINA.
AND APPLIANCES USE A GREAT DEAL OF ENERGY.THE ENERGY STAR APPLIANCES USE
CONSIDERABLY LESS SO WE’RE USING THIS PROGRAM TO REPLACE SOME OF
THE EXISTING APPLIANCES THAT ARE MORE ENERGY HOGS WITH MORE
EFFICIENT APPLIANCES. THAT IN TURN WILL HELP THE
RETAILERS AND ALSO HELP WITH THE ENERGY USE, LOWER THAT ACROSS
THE STATE.>>ERIC CURRY: OKAY. MR. PITTMAN
AND MR. DRAKE, THE QUESTION GOES TO BOTH OF YOU, DO YOU PLAN TO
ADD DISCOUNTS IN ADDITION TO THE REBATE THAT IS BEING OFFERED?
AND WHAT TYPES OF ENERGY STAR PRODUCTS DO YOU TYPICALLY CARRY
IN YOUR STORES?>>ANDY PITTMAN: WELL, WE’LL
HAVE ENERGY STAR PRODUCTS WILL BE, OF COURSE, REFRIGERATORS, WASHING
MACHINES, DISHWASHERS AND FREEZERS. WE’LL HAVE PRETTY MUCH A STORE
WIDE SALE DURING THE ENERGY REBATE SALE.>>CHRIS DRAKE: LIKE MR. PITTMAN SAID,
EVERYTHING WE CARRY WILL BE, THAT IS ENERGY STAR QUALIFIED WILL BE ON
SALE, DIFFERENT CROSS PROMOTIONS GOING ON IN JUST ABOUT EVERY
DEPARTMENT IN THE STORE.>>ERIC CURRY: AND I GUESS HH
GREGG AS WELL AS JEFFREY’S APPLIANCE CENTER, YOU’RE READY FOR WHAT YOU HOPE
WILL BE A SWAMP OF FOOT TRAFFIC INTO YOUR STORES TO TAKE
ADVANTAGE OF THIS PROGRAM.>>CHRIS DRAKE: MOST DEFINITELY.
THERE IS A LOT OF BUZZ OUT THERE, A LOT OF PEOPLE COMING IN
ASKING ABOUT IT. THEY HAVE BEEN FOR SEVERAL MONTHS NOW. SO, THE
BUZZ IS OUT THERE AND PEOPLE ARE READY TO COME OUT AND SEE
WHAT IS COMING ON.