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Operating an old fridge creates a lot of wasted energy

by on December 6, 2012

AEP Ohio Refrigerator RecyclingDid you know that operating an older model refrigerator or freezer could be driving up your electric bill? Models that are 20 years old consume approximately 2-3 times more energy than today’s energy efficient units.

If your older refrigerator is a second unit, you’re probably paying more to run it for sporadic refrigeration needs than the primary fridge in your kitchen. Recycle that older unit with AEP Ohio and receive a $60 rebate if you sign up by Dec. 24 in addition to instant energy savings.

If your older model is your primary unit, AEP Ohio also offers a $50 rebate on the purchase of a new ENERGY STAR® certified fridge or freezer. By combining the two programs, you could receive $60 for recycling your old unit, plus a $50 rebate for the purchase of a new energy efficient unit, plus instant energy savings of up to $150 annually. These programs run through December 31.

Older refrigerators and freezers picked up through the program are de-manufactured into recyclable materials at a facility operated by the national firm JACO Environmental. JACO’s process safely removes toxins, such as mercury and oils, which poison the environment when refrigerators and freezers are discarded in landfills, or illegally dumped. JACO converts 95 percent of each appliance including metals, glass and plastics that end up in a wide range of products. Even the foam insulation is safely incinerated to generate electricity.

With the addition of in-store delivery and free, at home pickup scheduling, it’s even easier for residents to make a dramatic difference in their home’s energy efficiency, while contributing to a recycling process that takes pressure off demand for natural resources.

AEP Ohio customers who want their older fridge or freezer picked up for recycling can call 1-877-545-4112, or visit to make arrangements. The program is limited to removal of two units per household. Appliances must be in working order and sized between 10-30 cubic feet, using inside measurements. Smaller dormitory-sized units do not qualify.

Investor-owned utilities in Ohio are required to meet specific energy reduction targets. The energy efficiency programs are part of AEP Ohio’s overall energy efficiency and peak demand response efforts to meet the State of Ohio’s target of reducing electricity consumption 22 percent by the end of 2025. For more information about AEP Ohio’s energy efficiency consumer programs, events and tips, go to

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