Duke Energy touts benefits of appliance recycling

The technology inside old refrigerators and freezers is often so outdated it requires three times more electricity to operate compared to newer models

Officials from Duke Energy say recycling outdated, inefficient appliances like refrigerators and freezers can help consumers save money and help the utility put off building new power plants.

"The potential to save money and energy — and even earn extra cash — can be found in recycling outdated, secondary refrigerators and freezers that are in working condition located throughout your home," said John Langston, program manager for Duke Energy's appliance recycling program.

The technology inside old refrigerators and freezers is often so outdated it requires three times more electricity to operate compared to newer models. Unplugging and properly recycling old refrigerators and freezers can save up to $150 annually on a customer's energy bill.

A 20-year-old refrigerator or freezer consumes up to 1,400 kWh annually; a new refrigerator or freezer consumes between 400-500 kWh annually. The avoidance of carbon dioxide emissions as a result of recycling 25,000 refrigerators is equal to removing 50,000 cars from the road for a year.

Duke Energy partners with the country's largest appliance recyclers to offer free refrigerator and freezer recycling.

As an added benefit, Duke Energy customers receive an incentive check for up to $50 that arrives within four to six weeks of their scheduled appliance pickup.

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