By Margie Monin Dombrowski on September 22, 2009

You can save far more energy and money by switching to a newer fridge, but what do you do with an old one that works just fine?

CashForClunkersRefrigerators are one of the top household appliance energy hogs. According to Energy Star, a pre-1993 model can use up to two times more energy than a newer and more energy-efficient one. You can save far more energy and money by switching to a newer fridge, but what do you do with an old one that works just fine?

With the new Refrigerator and Freezer Recycling Program offered through Southern California Edison (SCE), SCE customers can earn a $50 rebate for swapping an old refrigerator or freezer for a new Energy Star unit that exceeds current federal standards by 20% or more. Based on 2009 average SCE customer usage and conditions, switching to a new unit can save up to $255 per year on your energy bill; getting rid of a spare old, inefficient refrigerator can save you up to $330 per year. Actual savings is not guaranteed and may vary.

California law prohibits the dumping of refrigerators and freezers in landfills. Through the Refrigerator and Freezer Recycling Program, SCE will pick up an old refrigerator from a customer’s SCE service address and haul it away for free. The old appliance is then taken to a recycling center, where its metals and refrigerants are removed in an environmentally safe manner, and the customer gets a rebate check in the mail within five weeks. Appliances must be in working condition and between 10 to 27 cubic feet. The program, part of the Home Energy Efficiency Rebate (HEER) Program, is offered on a first-come, first-served basis to SCE customers who purchase and install qualifying appliances from January 1, 2009, until December 31, 2009, or when funds run out.

Click here for more information on the Refrigerator and Freezer Recycling Program and here for a list of qualifying Energy Star products. Find out how much your current refrigerator costs you by following this link. Not an SCE customer? Read this from Energy Star and find out how to recycle your energy-inefficient refrigerator or freezer.

About the author

Margie Monin Dombrowski is a freelance writer based in Orange County, CA, who writes about eco-living, interior design, food, health and fitness, beauty and ent[...]
Learn more about Margie Monin Dombrowski

Related Articles


There are no comments for this post yet

Articles by Margie Monin Dombrowski

How Nissan is Making the Electric Car Happen

By Margie Monin Dombrowski on February 10, 2010

Nissan's “Reuse, Resell, Refabricate and Recycle” venture gives lithium-ion batteries used in electric cars a second life as energy storage solutions by recycling and reusing them.

Spruce up Your Kitchen with a Recycled Countertop

By Margie Monin Dombrowski on January 28, 2010

The latest and greatest in sustainable countertops are comprised of recycled materials.

Which is Greener, Bottled or Tap?

By Margie Monin Dombrowski on January 25, 2010

When you compare the use of a water filtration system versus bottled water to see which is greener or more reusable, there are many factors to consider.

Mixed Greens Articles

Changing Tire Recycling with RTI Cryogenics’ Xycom TPE

By 1-800-RECYCLING on January 13, 2014

A Canadian company has developed a technology to produce a 100% recycled thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) pellet without any additives and with no effluents.

Industrial Demolition of Coal Plants Yields Possible Revenue for Scrap Metal Industry

By 1-800-RECYCLING on November 6, 2013

Recycling scrap metal often offsets the cost of coal plant demolition, and the extracted materials can be remade into new products that are just as strong.

Guest Blogger Sam Marquit: Homes and Businesses Can Help the Environment

By 1-800-RECYCLING on October 25, 2013

A commercial contractor weighs in on how builders are embracing the Three Rs — reduce, reuse and recycle.

Current News

Recycling Profile: Long Beach, CA

By 1-800-RECYCLING on April 18, 2014

Long Beach's weekly curbside recycling program accepts items like polystyrene, plastic bags and paint cans.

461 Colleges and Universities Nationwide Recover 89.1 Million Pounds of Organic and Recyclable Materials During RecycleMania

By 1-800-RECYCLING on April 14, 2014

During this 14th annual tournament, updated weekly rankings allowed schools to track their performance in eight categories measuring their recycling rate.

Recycling Profile: Nashua, NH

By 1-800-RECYCLING on April 11, 2014

Nashua's single-stream curbside recycling program could be a model for other programs around New Hampshire.