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Tricks for Recycling or Reclaiming Your Fiendish Refrigerator or Freezer Efficiency

Enjoy lower energy bills and a $40 refrigerator rebate.*

By: | October 21, 2015 6:19 pm

Consider a refrigerator recycling rebate.

Got an extra refrigerator or freezer that’s frightfully full of beverages, meat or leftover enchiladas? Or is it haunted by the ghosts of forgotten food, like Halloween party snacks or even Thanksgiving leftovers?

Whether it’s stuffed to the brim or bare, it can eat up a lot of extra energy. Never fear. We’ve got recycling and reclaiming tricks up our sleeve that can help you save.

Trick 1: The disappearing extra refrigerator or freezer.

This trick is easy. Simply get rid of it … we’ll take it off your hands and recycle it.* We’ll even pay you $75.** We know. It’s convenient to have around when you need it. But it’s also costing you a lot of extra dough to keep it running.

Try it, and treat yourself to:

  • A $40 rebate.
  • Savings on future bills.
  • A little extra space.
  • Satisfaction: feel good about keeping harmful things like refrigerants, foam, metal, oil, glass and plastic out of a landfill.
  • Schedule your free pickup today. Call 1-866-552-8755 or visit

Trick 2: Make it stop “goblin” extra electricity.

Not quite ready to make it disappear for good? Make sure it’s not “goblin” more energy than it needs to. Here are a few suggestions from ENERGY STAR®.

Cool it—to the right degree. Recommended temperatures are 35°F to 38°F for the fridge’s fresh food compartment and 0°F for separate freezers for long-term storage.
Keep food under cover. Cover liquids and wrap foods stored in the refrigerator. Uncovered foods release moisture and make the compressor work harder.

Frost isn’t your friend. Regularly defrost manual-defrost freezers and refrigerators; frost buildup decreases the energy efficiency of the unit. Don’t allow frost to build up more than one-quarter of an inch.

To qualify* for the refrigerator recycling rebate and to learn more visit.

*Participation is subject to important rules and eligibility requirements, including owning an operational refrigerator or stand-alone freezer (unit must be in working/cooling condition) that is 10 to 30 cubic feet.


A communications “Jackie-of-all-trades,” wanna be outdoor diva, and proud Windsource® participant. Enjoys educating customers about money-saving actions, and spreading the word about renewable energy options.

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