[Last Updated: 3/19/2012 10:56:49 AM]
With spring cleaning around the corner, now is the perfect time to get rid of older, energy-wasting second refrigerators or freezers. Traverse City Light & Power (L&P) is offering a $60 incentive to its customers forrecycling these older units that are still in working condition.
In addition to the $60 rebate, the program will also benefit L&P customers by helping them save up to an estimated $150 a year in energy costs as a result of lower electricity usage.
“Spring cleaning is the perfect time to recycle your old, inefficient refrigerators or freezers that are using up to four times the energy of newer models,” said Jim Cooper, L&P manager of communications & energy services. “Having the older unit picked up for recycling is an easy way to make money, reduce monthly expenses and do your part to protect the environment.”
To receive the $60 rebate, L&P customers need to schedule a pickup time to have the inefficient, yet still working, refrigerator or freezer removed. No purchase of a new appliance is necessary to receive the rebate.
L&P is working with appliance recycler JACO Environmental to recycle the refrigerators and freezers through a process that returns 95 percent of the components back into the manufacturing stream. It also safely extracts various toxic components that are found inside refrigerators and freezers, including contaminated oil, mercury, and chlorofluorocarbon (CFC).
To schedule the pickup of a refrigerator or freezer for recycling, L&P customers need to call (877) 270-3519 or visit www.tclp.org. Customers will receive a check for $60 within four to six weeks after the collection of the appliance. Refrigerators must be in working order with an inside measurement of 10 cubic feet or more.
L&P also offers other incentives to customers striving to reduce their energy use, including a $150 incentive when customers upgrade their furnace or central air conditioning unit to a more energy efficient model, and a $25 rebate when customers purchase an ENERGY STAR®refrigerator or a high efficiency electric clothes dryer with moisture sensor.
Visit L&P’s website (www.tclp.org) for complete details on its Energy Smart Program incentives and to see all the ways L&P is helping its customers save energy and money.
Traverse City Light & Power (www.tclp.org) is a community-owned, community-focused municipal electric utility that offers energy at competitively priced rates in the region to over 11,500 customers in Traverse City, and parts of Blair, East Bay, Elmwood, Garfield, Peninsula and Paradise townships.