February 19, 2019 – If you have a second refrigerator in your home, it may be time to thank it for its service and bid it farewell. There are so many options when it comes to energy efficient refrigerator models which offer ample space while not making a huge dent in your electric usage. For those wanting more bells and whistles, there are even fridges that boost digital doodle pads on the door while still keeping your energy costs low. Yet even with all that is available on the market, many homes in the United States still have a second fridge which is (more often than not) ancient and stored in a hot garage. Whether you have a second fridge to keep beverages cold or house leftovers, it is time to pitch the fridge and focus on saving electricity!
According to the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, the average “second refrigerator” is likely between 15 to 25 years old and uses about 750-1000 kilowatt-hours every year which amounts to between $97 to $130 on your electric bill. In contrast, today’s ENERGY STAR® refrigerators cost about $40 a year to run.
If you are ready to bid your second fridge farewell, consider the following valuable information from ENERGY STAR®:
• Refrigerators and freezers contain refrigerants, oils, and other compounds that, by federal law, must be removed and recovered. Then the steel, other metals, and selected parts can be recycled.
• Some recycling programs also capture the foam insulation inside the refrigerator doors for added environmental benefits.
• On average, a 10+ year old fridge contains more than 120 pounds of recyclable steel!
Ways to recycle your fridge:
• When you buy a new ENERGY STAR® refrigerator, consider buying from a retailer than has an EPA Responsible Appliance Disposal (RAD) program. The sales associate should be able to tell you if their store has this program.
• Contact your city’s waste management division to see if they pick up appliances such as fridges and their policies on recycling these types of appliances.
• Call your local scrap metal recycler.
For those who still want to keep that second fridge, please remember these tips for the future! By getting rid of that second refrigerator, you will not only save on your electric bill but you will be reducing your carbon footprint.
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