ROSWELL, N.M., June 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Xcel Energy residential electric customers now have an additional reason to take advantage of the popular Refrigerator Recycling Program and cash in on those old, working inefficient refrigerators and freezers. The program, which provides a limited time only rebate of $75 for each eligible refrigerator and/or freezer, is also offering customers the chance to win an ENERGY STAR® fridge.*
Appliance Recycling Centers of America, Inc. (ARCA) administers the program and will pick up the old, energy guzzling refrigerators or freezer and recycle the parts. To date, nearly 1,000 Xcel Energy customers in New Mexico have participated in the program, which is part of Xcel Energy's Demand-Side Management Plan. Xcel Energy is also proud to announce a partnership (2014) with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Responsible Appliance Disposal (RAD) Program. Through the Refrigerator Recycling Program and ARCA's advanced recycling processes, Xcel Energy is eligible for RAD membership, which includes the proper handling of refrigerants, foam, metals, plastic, glass, PCBs, mercury and used oil found in old refrigeration appliances. "This program provides a convenient and environmentally safe solution for our customers. There is no lugging to the curb for pickup, we're providing two free compact fluorescent light bulbs during our visit and you'll be entered into our ENERGY STAR ® Refrigerator sweepstakes through July 31," says Christmas Ramirez, Xcel Energy program manager. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that a 20-year-old refrigerator can consume two to four times more energy annually than a new model and can significantly increase customers' electricity bills. Older refrigerators put a strain on the electricity grid. Each unit costs over $100 a year in electricity bills and units 10 years or older contain more than 120 pounds of recyclable steel, according to ENERGY STAR®. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please visit ResponsibleByNature.com/Fridge or call (866) 552-8755. Participation in this program is subject to important rules and eligibility requirements, which are detailed at ResponsibleByNature.com/Fridge.