Doing spring cleaning and don’t know what to do with that old freezer or fridge? The Snohomish PUD will take it off your and hands and give you $30 too! Here’s a release from Snohomish PUD’s Neil Neroutsos detailing how the program works…
Get Rid of an Old Fridge, Save Energy, Earn $30
Spring Cleaning: Recycle Your Old Fridge & Save
Everett, WA — Cleaning out a garage or storage area this spring? It’s the perfect time to get rid of that old, energy-wasting refrigerator or freezer. These extra units often become unnecessary storage areas for a few cans of soda or frozen dinners.
A Snohomish County PUD program picks up these old units right at customers’ homes and gives them a $30 incentive. More than 40,000 units have been recycled in the region by the PUD and other utilities since 2004. These fridges and freezers can use up to three times the energy of newer models.
To have a refrigerator or freezer picked up and recycled, it needs to be in working condition and 10 to 32 cubic feet in size. The program is for Snohomish County PUD customers only. Customers must own the unit(s) being recycled, with a pickup limit of two units per account.
To schedule a free pick-up, Snohomish County PUD customers can call toll-free 1-877-577-0510 or visit www.snopud.com/fridgerecycling. To help process your request, please have your PUD account number available. The $30 incentive check will be mailed to the customer within 4 to 6 weeks after the appliance collection.
The collected appliances are recycled at a local JACO Environmental facility in Everett. More than 90 percent of each refrigerator or freezer is recycled. The safe disposal of refrigerators promises to slow, stop or even reverse ozone destruction. An average refrigerator contains about 10 pounds of foam insulation and one pound of CFC-11, equivalent to 2.3 tons of carbon dioxide.
Other Spring Energy-Savers
• Clean the coils in the back or underneath your refrigerator
• Keep your refrigerator temperature at 38° F and your freezer at 10° F
• Use natural light to help reduce lighting and heating needs
• Use smaller cooking appliances, microwaves and toaster ovens whenever possible
• Install a low-flow showerhead to save both energy and water
• Repair leaking or dripping faucets
• Switch to energy-saving compact fluorescent or LED lighting
• Weatherize your home and get PUD incentives
For PUD program information and other tips, visit www.snopud.com (select “conservation”) or call the Energy Hotline at 425-783-1700.