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Cash available for those who want to take part in refrigerator recycling

Local residents can shut the door on energy waste by getting serious about refrigerator recycling.

With Pacific Power’s “See ya later refrigerator” program, consumers can give a cold shoulder to their old fridge or freezer - especially that extra one clanking away in their garage or basement.

Not only will consumers save money but they will do several other good things at once. For example:

  • Put $30 in their pocket right away from a Pacific Power cash incentive.

  • Save as much as $150 per year in reduced energy costs.

  • Know that approximately 95 percent of that old fridge will be recycled into new appliances, potting soil and even energy.

  • Show community pride. Through the “Refrigerator Roundup,” Pacific Power tracks, by community, the number of old refrigerators that are turned in between now (Sept. 30) and the end of October. The community that turns in the most old appliances (per capita) will be spotlighted.

“A little competition between communities can be fun, and in this case the prize comes when you see the savings on your power bill,” said Bill Clemens, regional community manager for Pacific Power.

How much savings? Older refrigerators can be a major burden on consumers’ electricity bill. In fact, a 25-year-old refrigerator uses up to 1,400 kilowatt-hours annually, while a new model uses about two-thirds less. By getting rid of old refrigerators or freezers, consumers not only lighten their own energy load, but they also help the region meet growing energy demands. Recycling 200 fridges, for example, would save enough energy to power 88 average homes for an entire month.

“Pacific Power makes it very easy to get rid of those old energy hogs,” said Dean Brewer, Washington program field services representative for the program. “Simply pick up the phone, schedule a free pick- up, and count the savings.”

Any and all Pacific Power residential customers are eligible for “See ya later, refrigerator.” Refrigerators or freezers must be in working condition and a minimum of 10 cubic feet in size (based on inside measurements) to qualify.

Those interested in participating in the program can call toll free 1-866-899-5539 to schedule a free pick-up.

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