SAN ANTONIO (Associated Press) – The 2009 stimulus package includes a $300 million rebate program for states to distribute to buyers of energy-efficient appliances and other products that carry the “Energy Star” label.

Energy-conscious consumers can receive between $50 and $200 cash back on their purchase of items like freezers, refrigerators, furnaces and central air conditioners.

Within the next week, participating states will receive 10 percent of their funding allotments, which is determined by state population. The Department of Energy estimates that the full $300 million will be awarded by the end of November, with consumers beginning to see the programs in stores by the end of 2009 or early 2010.