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Empty Nest, Empty Refrigerator

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Delmarva Power’s Appliance Recycling Program Reduces Energy Costs for Empty Nesters

SALISBURY, Md. — As parents across Maryland ease into life as empty nesters, they can also ease up on household energy costs by having an extra refrigerator or freezer picked up for recycling.

Older refrigerators and freezers often end up in garages or basements after being replaced by newer models in the kitchen. Older appliances waste far more energy than most people realize. Refrigerators and freezers manufactured before 1990 can use three times more electricity than newer models.

For those with children who left home for college, the reduced need for extra cold storage often leaves an unnecessary second refrigerator or freezer. That’s where Delmarva Power’s Appliance Recycling Program comes in handy.

Delmarva Power’s Appliance Recycling Program allows the utility’s Maryland residential customers to schedule a recycling pickup at their convenience and at no additional cost. Customers also will receive $50 for each appliance they recycle, and can potentially save as much as $150 annually through lower household energy costs. Customers can further boost those savings by having an old room air conditioner picked up at the same time, for which they will receive an extra $25.

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. No purchase is necessary to participate in the Appliance Recycling Program.

Customers can recycle two 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 have an inside dimension of 10 to 30 cubic feet. Most standard size refrigerators and freezers meet this size requirement.

“If your nest is getting smaller, then so can your household energy costs when you have an older refrigerator or freezer picked up for recycling. Anyone who reconsiders the need to keep a second refrigerator or freezer plugged in can benefit from this offer,” said John Allen, Delmarva Power Region Vice President.

Delmarva Power works with JACO Environmental, which disassembles the appliances and recycles the parts through a 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. This prevents 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 2015. Information on other programs that support this initiative can be found at delmarva.com/SaveEnergy.

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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 .