CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Many households have them: The 20-year-old freezer in the garage that's seldom used, or that old clunker of a refrigerator collecting dust – and using lots of energy – in the basement.
"The potential to save money and energy – and even earn extra cash – can be found in recycling outdated, secondary refrigerators and freezers that are in working condition located throughout your home," said John Langston, program manager for Duke Energy's appliance recycling program.
Unplugging and properly disposing of these energy-hogging dinosaurs through recycling can save money, reduce energy demand and environmental impact, and possibly delay the need for Duke Energy to build new power plants:
- The technology inside old refrigerators and freezers is often so outdated it requires three times more electricity to operate compared to newer models.
- Unplugging and properly recycling old refrigerators and freezers can save up to $150 annually on a customer's energy bill.
- A 20-year-old refrigerator or freezer consumes up to 1,400 kilowatt-hours (kWh) annually; a new refrigerator or freezer consumes between 400-500 kWh annually.
- The avoidance of carbon dioxide emissions as a result of recycling 25,000 refrigerators is equal to removing 50,000 cars from the road for a year.