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January 15, 2014

Refrigerator recycling rebate increased to $100

For a limited time, The Sponsors of Mass Save — Cape Light Compact, National Grid, NSTAR Electric, Unitil and Western Massachusetts Electric Company — are offering a special $100 rebate to residential electric customers for recycling outdated, second refrigerators or freezers through the Mass Save appliance recycling program.

The Mass Save appliance recycling program encourages residential electric customers to reduce their energy use by recycling old refrigerators and freezers. Many people don’t realize older refrigerators and freezers require as much as three times the amount of energy as newer, more efficient models. By participating in the program, customers will receive the special $100 rebate and save as much as $150 a year by lowering their household energy usage.

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.

The program runs year-round with a $50 rebate, but the special $100 rebate only lasts through Feb. 28.

Customers can schedule a free home pickup by calling 1-877-545-4113 or visiting www.Masssave.com/Recycle.

“If you’ve got an old fridge or freezer chugging away in your garage or basement, this is the best time to recycle and enjoy the special $100 rebate,” said Ed White, vice president of customer and business strategy, National Grid. “Not only are you earning easy money without doing any heavy lifting, but you can save up to $150 throughout the year in reduced energy costs by retiring your energy-inefficient fridge or freezer.”

Units picked up through the program are transported to an appliance recycling facility operated by JACOEnvironmental. JACO safely removes harmful materials from the old energy-guzzlers, reclaiming 95 percent of the materials in the appliances for reuse in manufacturing new products. Even the foam insulation is safely incinerated to generate electricity.

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