Cash in your old refrigerator for a new energy efficient model

Now is the time to take advantage of the many “refrigerator recycling” programs being run by utility companies and state governments across the U.S.

Most programs will offer a rebate check (average $30) when you purchase an approved energy efficient refrigerator. The programs also will haul away your old, working refrigerator where parts of it will be recycled and made into such things as new appliances, cars, road asphalt, or even burned to produce energy.

A blog post by the New York Times states, “Utilities commonly estimate that homeowners can save up to $150 a year on their electricity bill by dumping their old refrigerator or freezer.”

You will also be helping the environment by shutting off old refrigerators that emit ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbons.

Check with your local utility or state government to see what other programs they offer for other types of appliances as well. But hurry, usually these programs are for a limited time. A quick check found that one such program run by, a Vermont-based power provider, also provides rebates for ENERGY STAR qualified room air conditioners, clothes washers, and dehumidifiers.

Appliance recycling programs offer a great way to reduce energy costs over time, help the environment while saving consumers some money at the time of purchase.

For more information on just some of the refrigerator recycling programs being offered, visit the websites listed below:

For more information on making your current appliances from energy efficient, visit

Refrigerator Energy Efficiency tips

Air Conditioner Energy Efficiency tips

Dehumidifier Energy efficiency tips

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