If preparing for winter includes a fall clean-up project, then getting rid of that old second refrigerator can help you save energy and money just in time for colder weather. Whether you have it stored in the garage or basement, or want to get rid of a working fridge or freezer you recently replaced, having it picked up and recycled can save you money to help pay heating bills.
Rocky Mountain Power pays customers in Utah and Idaho a $30 incentive for scheduling the pick-up of old, operating, secondary refrigerators and freezers. Older appliances rely on outdated technology that can cost their owners as much as $150 a year in higher electricity costs. Â
That money turns into savings when people take advantage of Rocky Mountain Power's "See ya later, refrigeratorÂ®" program, which provides all the labor and transportation necessary to remove the appliance from the home and deliver it to the recycling facility. And with colder weather increasing demand on household energy, fall is an ideal time to think about removing an outdated refrigerator or freezer.
To schedule a free, in-home pick up of a refrigerator or freezer for recycling, Rocky Mountain Power customers can call toll free at 1-866-899-5539 or visit www.wattsmart.com. The program is limited to removal of two units per household. Appliances to be recycled must be in working order and between 10 and 30 cubic feet using inside measurements. Â
"It's one of the easiest ways you can instantly start saving money on household energy costs. We literally do all the heavy lifting, and pay you $30 for letting us remove an extra refrigerator or freezer from your home," said Greg Stiles, Rocky Mountain Power energy efficiency program manager. "This is one of many programs that help our customers save money by being wattsmart."
Once that old refrigerator or freezer is out of the home, it's on its way to a process that reclaims 95 percent of its materials for recycling. At a demanufacturing plant, the national firm of JACO Environmental employs a robotic process that disassembles the old units while safely removing toxic substances such as mercury, oils, and foam insulation.
The outdated appliances yield metals and plastics that are reclaimed for use in the manufacturing of mobile phones, computers, construction rebar and road surfacing, just to name a few uses.
"Having that old garage fridge picked up and recycled saves energy, can lower your electricity bill, and keeps toxic materials out of landfills and the environment," said Michael Dunham, director of energy and environmental programs for JACO Environmental.