By Business First of Columbus

American Electric Power Company Inc. customers in Ohio have through August to get twice as much bang for their buck under the utilityâ¿¿s appliance recycling program.

The Columbus-based companyâ¿¿s AEP Ohio division said that through Aug. 31, itâ¿¿s offering a $50 rebate for customers who recycle an extra refrigerator or freezer. The rebate offer runs through this year but will return to its usual $25 level in September, AEP said.

While many homeowners use old freezers or refrigerators for storage after purchasing new appliances, AEP says appliances 20 years or more old can consume enough energy to rack up an extra $150 in energy costs annually. Older appliances also can have mercury and Freon, which can be dangerous if improperly discarded.

Through the program, customers can call 877-545-4112 or go to to schedule a free pickup. AEP sends operational refrigerators and freezers to a recycling facility run by Snohomish, Wash.-based Jaco Environmental, which can collect up to 95 percent of the appliance for future reuse.

AEP Ohio parent American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP) serves customers in 11 states. The company last year earned $1.36 billion on $13.5 billion in revenue.

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