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Delmarva Power’s Appliance Recycling Program Offers $50 Reward

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Program Encourages Big Energy Savings

SALISBURY, Md. - Delmarva Power’s Maryland residential customers can now free up space, save energy and receive a $50 reward with the company’s new Appliance Recycling Program.

The program allows customers to schedule a time of their choosing to have an old refrigerator or freezer picked up. In addition to receiving a $50 reward, customers can potentially save as much as three times that amount, over a year’s time, through lower household energy costs. They can also boost those savings by having an outdated room air conditioner picked up, for which they would receive an extra $25 reward, on top of the $50 reward. 

Older appliances waste far more energy than most people recognize. Refrigerators and freezers manufactured before 1990 can use three times more electricity than newer models. Yet millions are kept plugged in for extra cold storage in basements and garages across the country.

Delmarva Power’s Appliance Recycling Program provides an easy, convenient and responsible solution.

Delmarva Power’s Maryland residential customers can schedule a pickup time by calling 877-395-5541, or by visiting delmarva.com/ApplianceRecycling. Information is also available at many appliance retailers (however, no purchase is necessary to participate in the recycling program). The program is limited to the removal of two large refrigerators or freezers and two room air conditioning units per household.  Refrigerators and freezers being picked up must be plugged in and working when the collection crew arrives and must have an inside dimension of 10 to 30 cubic feet. 

“The removal and recycling of these old appliances is a great way for our Maryland customers to save money, make a little extra money and create extra space in the garage or basement,” said John Allen, Delmarva Power Region Vice President. “It is also a great way for people to reduce their energy consumption and impact on the environment. It works for your wallet and for the planet and will help achieve the ambitious energy efficiency goals of Governor Martin O’Malley’s EmPOWER Maryland initiative.”

Delmarva Power works with JACO Environmental, which utilizes a de-manufacturing process that turns 95 percent of each unit into repurposed raw materials for new products. The appliance recycling process also safely extracts toxic substances such as mercury, oils and foam insulation to ensure they don’t become environmental hazards. The process avoids the release of ozone-depleting substances and powerful greenhouse gases contained in the cooling circuits and foam insulation.

The appliance recycling program is part of Delmarva Power’s portfolio of energy efficiency programs that are designed to support Governor Martin O’Malley’s EmPOWER Maryland initiative to reduce energy consumption in the state by 15 percent by the year 2015.

Editor's Note:  Additional consumer information can be found on Delmarva Power’s June electric bills. If reporters would like to interview customers who sign up to participate in the appliance recycling program over the next few weeks, please contact Matt Likovich, Delmarva Power Corporate Communications, either by phone at 410-860-6203 or via e-mail at matthew.likovich@delmarva.com.

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Delmarva Power, a public utility owned by Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM), provides safe and reliable energy to more than 500,000 electric delivery customers in Delaware and Maryland and over 124,000 natural gas delivery customers in northern Delaware.