Offers recycling and cash for old models
Whether for grocery bulk buys or chilling those extra drinks, that second fridge in the garage or basement might be using up more than extra space. It could be using up hundreds of dollars on the household budget.
Many people are surprised to learn that fridges and freezers built in 1993 or earlier can cost up to $200 a year to operate. That’s a lot compared to today’s most efficient, qualifying Energy Star models that could cost around $40 a year.
To help Oregonians unplug and save this spring, Energy Trust of Oregon is offering area residents an opportunity to recycle their fridge or freezer and receive a $40 cash incentive in return. Pick up is free, and the unit can be hauled from any room in the home.
“While an older fridge may seem handy as a back up in the basement or garage, most are not worth the ongoing cost to keep around,” said Matt Braman, residential program manager, Energy Trust. “Recycling a second fridge or freezer is an easy energy-efficient action, and can make an immediate difference on the monthly energy bill.”
Keeping an inefficient second fridge running for food storage can add up quickly in extra energy costs. For example, an average 19 cubic foot side-by-side model from 1989 will cost approximately $1,195 if left to run in the garage for five years.
All Oregon customers of Portland General Electric and Pacific Power are eligible for the recycling service and can schedule an appointment online at energytrust.org/fridgerecycling or by calling 1-866-444-8907.
To qualify, the refrigerator or freezer must be between 10 and 30 cubic feet and in working condition. Purchase of a new refrigerator or freezer is not required to participate. However, customers looking for a replacement can receive up to a $100 cash incentive from Energy Trust when purchasing a new high-efficiency, qualifying Energy Star refrigerator or freezer.