What Community Will Come Out on Top in the Great Refrigerator Roundup?

September 26, 2013

YAKIMA, Wash.—Washington residents can shut the door on energy waste by joining with Pacific Power and getting serious about refrigerator recycling. With Pacific Power’s “See ya later Refrigerator” program, giving the cold shoulder to an old fridge or freezer – especially that extra one clanking away in your garage or basement -- can help you do several good things at once:

  • Put $30 in your 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 fridges turned in between now and the end of October, and 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 your 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, you not only lighten your own energy load, but you 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 pickup, 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.

Call toll free 1-866-899-5539 to schedule a free pickup. For details on how you can earn cash back on a new energy-efficient fridge, or to get other energy-saving tips, visit bewattsmart.com.

About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 730,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. The company works to meet growing energy demand while protecting and enhancing the environment. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity providers in the United States, with almost 1.8 million customers in six western states. Information about Pacific Power is available on the company’s website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages.

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