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$30 incentive and free pickup of old, energy wasting second refrigerators and freezers

Rochester, NY (May 11, 2011) – Rochester Gas & Electric (RG&E) customers can now say goodbye to their energy guzzling, secondary refrigerators or freezer thanks to a new recycling program, similar to the National Grid program. Customers can easily save up to $150 a year in electrical costs and gain a $30 incentive for recycling their appliances. The only work involved is to place a phone call to the utility.

Both companies have extensive energy efficiency programs for residential and commercial customers.

Rochester resident Marianna Schuler recently took advantage of the program and offer when workers arrived to remove the elderly freezer from her porch.

“I can’t believe it was so easy! I’ve wanted to get rid of that freezer for a while now and all I had to do was make a call,” said Schuler, who will also be receiving $30 for the pick-up.

Through this program, appliance recycler JACO Environmental removes the appliances from participating customers’ homes at no charge, then safely dismantles and recycles the energy-guzzling appliance in an environmentally responsible manner. Typically, the units are kept as extra cold storage in garages or basements. But what many people don’t realize is that older refrigerators and freezers require as much as three times more electricity to run than newer models built to higher energy efficiency standards. Having an older unit picked up for recycling can save people as much as $150 a year through lower energy bills.

“Participating in this program is an easy way to instantly improve your home's energy efficiency and start saving money. All you have to do is schedule a time for your old refrigerator or freezer to be picked up at your home, and we pay a $30 incentive on top of it," said Mark S. Lynch, president of NYSEG and RG&E.

For more information and to schedule a free pickup, RG&E and National Grid customers can call 1-877-691-0021 (toll free) or visit their energy provider’s website.

Since 2001, federal standards require new refrigerators and freezers to consume much less energy. Current models use about 450 kilowatt-hours (kwh) annually, compared to older units that can use, on average, 1,500 kwh per year.

Refrigerators and stand-alone freezers are eligible for the recycling program, which covers the removal of up to two units per household. Appliances to be recycled must be in working order with an inside measurement of 10 cubic feet or more.

The units are transported to a de-manufacturing and recycling facility in Syracuse. There, JACO removes toxins such as mercury and oils that poison the environment when refrigerators and freezers are recklessly discarded. Instead, JACO’s process converts 95% of each appliance into recyclable metals, glass and plastics. Foam insulation is safely incinerated to generate electricity, returning back to the grid some of the energy the old appliances wasted over the years.

“Once customers recycle their older, extra refrigerator or freezer, they will notice a difference in their bottom line and the environment benefits at the same time,” said Michael Dunham of JACO Environmental.


About RG&E and Iberdrola USA: RG&E, a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, serves 367,000 electricity customers and 303,000 natural gas customers in a nine-county region centered on the City of Rochester. Iberdrola USA, a subsidiary of global energy leader Iberdrola, S.A., is an energy services and delivery company with more than 2.4 million customers in upstate New York and New England. We are a team of dedicated individuals working as one to deliver value to our customers, employees and shareholders. By providing outstanding customer service and exceptional reliability, while holding safety and the environment in high regard, we aspire to be a world-class energy company. For more information, visit www.rge.com and www.iberdrolausa.com. Follow us on Twitter: @RGandE.

About National Grid: National Grid is an international energy delivery company. In the U.S., National Grid delivers electricity to approximately 3.3 million customers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island, and manages the electricity network on Long Island under an agreement with the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA). It is the largest distributor of natural gas in the northeastern U.S., serving approximately 3.4 million customers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island. National Grid also owns over 4,000 megawatts of contracted electricity generation that provides power to over one million LIPA customers.

About JACO Environmental: JACO Environmental is a leader in the safe de-manufacturing and recycling of materials from refrigerators, freezers and other appliances. It currently contracts with more than 150 utilities in 26 states and operates 21 recycling facilities throughout the United States. For more information, visit JACO at www.jacoinc.net