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Old refrigerators and freezers using outdated technology drive up power bills for homes across the state, adding as much as $100 per year to electric bills.
Dominion Virginia Power has launched a new program to curb the use of the old appliances, reducing power usage and saving customers money, according to a news release from the utility.
Under the program, the utility will come pick up and recycle old, inefficient refrigerators at no cost. Customers who take advantage of the perk will receive a $50 incentive.
“Refrigerator efficiency has improved dramatically in the past 20 years,” Ken Barker, Dominion’s vice president of technical solutions, said in the release. “Homeowners oftentimes don’t realize how much their old refrigerators may be impacting their energy bills. We not only want to educate our customers on this lesser-known source of wasted energy, we want to help them do something about it.”
Out of the 170 million refrigerators estimated to be in use in the U.S., at least 60 million are more than 10 years old. Many refrigerators are kept in garages, where exposure to heat can cause them to use more power.
To be eligible for the program, refrigerators and freezers should range from 10 to 32 cubic feet in capacity, be at least 10 years of age and be operational and empty when a crew comes to retrieve it.
Register for the program by calling 844-685-7462, or visit its website.
Federal recommendations from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency suggest consumers use Energy Star appliances.