Chelan County PUD will pick up customers’ old refrigerators or freezers for free, plus provide a $30 rebate.
To participate, customers must have an active electric account with Chelan PUD at the address where the refrigerator/freezer is to be picked up. The refrigerator or freezer must be clean, empty, defrosted, and in working condition, and from 10 to 30 cubic feet in size. The program is open to both homes and businesses as long as the size requirement is met.
Up to two units per customer address can be recycled per calendar year.
The PUD is working with Jaco Environmental of Mill Creek, Wash., to pick up and recycle the units in an environmentally responsible manner. Customers can schedule an appointment to have their fridge or freezer picked up through Jaco’s website (http://www.jacoinc.net/) or by calling toll-free, (877) 577-0510.
The recycling program is designed to remove energy-guzzling, older appliances from homes and provide an incentive toward purchasing new, efficient models. The PUD is planning to recycle about 370 units in this first year of the program, saving 541 kilowatt hours per unit or about 200,170 kilowatt hours total.
The new program is one of three planned for 2013 to help customers improve energy efficiency. Later this spring, the PUD will introduce more rebates on new refrigerator and freezer purchases ($50 per unit) as well as rebates on clothes washers, water heaters, heat pump water heaters, LED retrofit kits, and electronic thermostats for baseboard and other zonal heating systems.
The PUD also is developing a program for duct testing and sealing in manufactured homes.
Rebates continue to be available for adding insulation, upgrading windows and installing a ductless heat pump. Details are available on the Energy Conservation section of the PUD website.