SALT LAKE CITY — A state incentive program that gives cash to people who trade in their old, energy inefficient appliances is coming to a close.

Cash for Appliances, a popular program that has helped more that 12,000 people cut energy costs by upgrading to Energy Star rated appliances, has less that 10 percent of its funds remaining. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and operated by the Utah State Energy Program.

The program offers cash rebates for people who upgrade appliances including washers, room air conditioners, gas furnaces and gas tankless water heaters.

Applications for the program are available at www.cashforappliancesutah.com and must be completed, signed and accompanied by all required documentation including model and serial numbers for all new appliances.

State program managers say Cash for Appliances will end when the rebate cash runs out, which they expect will be soon.

"During this final phase of Cash For Appliances, processing times and call center hold times may be significantly longer," said Chris Tallackson, Program Manager. "Rebate applications will continue to be processed on a first-received, first-served basis until the funds are gone."

To date, the program has awarded nearly $2 million in rebates.

— Molly Farmer