For Immediate Release
April 11, 2011
Contact: Jim Cooper, Manager of Communications & Energy Services
Traverse City Light & Power
Phone: (231) 932-4560 or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Your Old, Inefficient Refrigerator is Worth $60 to L&P
(Traverse City, Mich.) – With spring cleaning around the corner, now is the perfect time to get rid of that old, energy-wasting second refrigerator. Traverse City Light & Power(TCL&P) is offering a $60 incentive to its customers to recycle old, inefficient refrigerators that are in working condition.
In addition to the $60 rebate, the program will also benefit TCL&P customers by helping them to save up to an estimated $150 a year in energy costs as a result of lower electricity usage.
“Spring cleaning is the perfect time to recycle your old, inefficient refrigerator that is using up to four times the energy of newer models,” said Jim Cooper, TCL&P manager of communications & energy services. “Having the older unit picked up for recycling is an easy way to make money, reduce monthly expenses and do your part to protect the environment,”
The refrigerator recycling program is not a traditional rebate program because there is no purchase of a new appliance necessary. To receive the $60 rebate, TCL&P customers need to schedule a pickup time to have their old, working refrigerator removed.
TCL&P has commissioned appliance recycler JACO Environmental to recycle the refrigerators through a process that returns 95 percent of the refrigerator components back into the manufacturing stream. It also safely extracts various toxic components that are found inside refrigerators, including CFCs which deplete the ozone layer and accelerate global warming.
To schedule the pickup of a refrigerator for recycling, TCL&P customers need to call (877) 270-3519 or visit www.tclp.org. Customers will receive a check for $60 within four to six weeks after the collection of the appliance. Refrigerators to be recycled must be in working order with an inside measurement of 10 cubic feet or more.
TCL&P also offers other incentives to customers striving to reduce their energy use, including a $150 incentive when customers upgrade their furnace or central air conditioning unit to a more energy efficient model, and a $15 rebate when customers purchase an ENERGY STAR® qualified dehumidifier or room air conditioner.
Visit TCL&P’s website for complete details on its Energy Smart Program incentives and to see all the ways TCL&P helps its customers save energy and money.
Traverse City Light & Power (www.tclp.org) is a community-owned, community-focused municipal utility that offers energy at competitive rates in the region to over 11,000 customers in Traverse City, and parts of Blair, East Bay, Elmwood, Garfield, Peninsula and Paradise townships.