Recycle your old fridge and get a $75 rebate from GRU


Published: Thursday, January 25, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 24, 2007 at 4:19 p.m.
Pulling the plug on older refrigerators could save you money.
In fact, getting rid of old refrigerators and freezers plugged in at home or in the garage could save up to $140 a year on your electric bill.
To save customers money and reduce energy consumption, Gainesville Regional Utilities is offering customers $75 in rebates to recycle their old, working refrigerators and freezers.
"When a new refrigerator or freezer is purchased, many of our customers continue to operate the older units and relocate them to a garage or other space without air conditioning," interim supervisor of residential conservation Tara Thomas said in a news release.
"Placing these appliances in a warm, unconditioned space forces an already inefficient unit to run longer during the day, and it can add up on your electric bill."
Customers who keep their secondary appliances fully stocked should continue using them, Thomas said.
"But if it is just for a couple of drinks, they need to make use of the more energy-efficient refrigerator," she said.
In order to apply for the rebate, which will be issued as a credit on the GRU bill or as a check, customers should contact the city or county waste divisions to make an appointment for pickup.
The city of Gainesville Solid Waste Division can be reached at (352) 334-2330, and for Alachua County Waste Collection, call (352) 338-3233. "One reason we recommend our customers to contact waste management is that they will recycle the refrigerator by removing the Freon appropriately rather than just throwing it in a Dumpster," Thomas said.
To learn more about all of GRU's new rebates, visit www.gru.com and click on "rebates" for complete details. Rebate information also is available in the lobby of the GRU Administration Building, or by calling (352) 334-3434.

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