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How Much Is Your Old Fridge Costing You? Recycling it May Be Easier Than You Think.

As a homeowner and smart energy advocate, Cherie is committed to finding new ways to save energy — and money! Through this blog, she shares tips on how to do both.

A second refrigerator tucked away in your garage or basement might be good when you need to store extra food or beverages. But is the convenience these second refrigerators provide worth the added energy costs? Before you stock up your backup fridge, consider the costs of keeping that energy hog running:
According to energystar.gov*, more than 60 million refrigerators in the United States are over 10 years old, costing consumers $4.4 billion a year in energy costs. And a 2009 study by the U.S. Energy Information Administration** showed that these older models accounted for nearly half of the second refrigerators in U.S. homes.
That’s a lot of wasted energy, especially considering the recent advancements in energy-efficient appliances over the past decade. By recycling an old, inefficient refrigerator or freezer, you can save as much as $150 per year on your electric bill. Plus, responsibly recycling the appliance will ensure that the materials are safely disposed of and used to make other everyday products, like cell phones, computers, beverage containers and even the roads that we drive on.

And if you’re worried about losing out on that extra storage, remember that a full refrigerator does a better job of retaining the cold than an empty one, which means the compressor turns on less often and you save even more energy and money.

So if you have an energy-wasting second fridge that’s still running, or your main fridge is in need of an upgrade, consider recycling it. FirstEnergy’s utilities can even come pick it up for you and give you $50 for it. Visit your state’s energy efficiency page to schedule a pickup and start saving.

If you’re not a customer of FirstEnergy’s utilities in Ohio, Pennsylvania or Maryland, contact your local waste management facility to see if any other recycling options are available to you.

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