Recycle your old refrigerator

Why? Refrigerators from the year 2000 and earlier use about 40% more energy than today's most efficient units. You probably pay more to run your spare, older appliance than your primary one in the kitchen. Recycle your extra refrigerator or freezer for instant energy savings.
Things to think about:
  • Rearrange the shelves in your main refrigerator/freezer to maximize space. You may reduce your need for a second appliance. As a bonus, refrigerators operate more efficiently when they are full.
  • If you only need the extra refrigerator or freezer space seasonally, unplug the appliance during the times of year it is left empty.
  • If you are in the market for a new refrigerator to accommodate your household's needs, consider buying one that is ENERGY STAR® certified.

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Save up to $140 per year

Up-front costs: None

Pays back in: Immediately

Rebate: Rebate up to $40 for recycling your old refrigerator when you buy a new ENERGY STAR model.