For Massachusetts readers -
Special New Year’s promotion offers Massachusetts residents double incentive to recycle secondary refrigerators and freezers.
Boston, Mass (January 6, 2015) — For a limited time, the Sponsors of Mass Save® – Cape Light Compact, National Grid, NSTAR Electric, Unitil and Western Massachusetts Electric Company (WMECo) – are offering $100 to residential electric customers who recycle their outdated, second refrigerators or freezers through the Mass Save appliance recycling program.
The program encourages customers to reduce their energy use by recycling old, second refrigerators and freezers. Oftentimes, these ‘extra’ refrigerators and freezers are plugged in, but barely used. People may not realize that older units consume as much as four times more energy than newer, more efficient models. Removing an old refrigerator or freezer can help you save up to $150 a year on your utility bill by decreasing household energy use.
The Mass Save appliance recycling program runs year-round, offering free pickup of refrigerators and freezers and a $50 reward. Keep in mind, this special $100 offer is only available through February 15, 2015.
“Any time is a good time to recycle your old refrigerator or freezer, and now customers can start the year off with an extra $100,” said Tilak Subrahmanian, Vice President of Energy Efficiency at Northeast Utilities, parent company of NSTAR and WMECo. “Customers can save up to $150 a year on their electric bills by removing these inefficient units from their homes, and we make it easy by picking up the old units for free and delivering them to a recycling facility.”
Customers can schedule a free home pickup by calling 1-877-545-4113 or visiting www.MassSave.com/Recycle. To qualify for the $100 incentive, customers must call or go online to schedule their recycling appointment byFebruary 15, 2015, and the unit must be picked up by March 15, 2015.
Refrigerators and freezers must be in working order, clean and empty, with an inside measurement of between 10 and 30 cubic feet (standard size for most units). A maximum of two units per household per calendar year will be accepted.
After pickup, the old, second refrigerators and freezers are transported to an appliance recycling facility in Franklin, MA. Harmful materials such as capacitors and mercury-containing switches and thermostats are removed and properly disposed. 95% of the refrigerator’s components (including metal, plastic, glass and oil) are reclaimed for reuse in manufacturing new products. Even the foam insulation is safely incinerated to generate electricity.
About Mass Save: Mass Save® is an initiative sponsored by Massachusetts’ gas and electric utilities and energy efficiency service provider. The Sponsors of Mass Save work closely with the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources to provide a wide range of services, incentives, trainings, and information promoting energy efficiency that help residents and businesses manage energy use and related costs.