BC Hydro wants your old fridge!
Jul 24, 2011 / 5:00 am
Over 25% of households own a second working fridge draining energy for no good reason. Sometimes it’s a half full fridge downstairs; sometimes it’s a beer fridge in your garage. Most of the time it’s old, ugly, and rather noisy. On top of draining energy, these units cost you money (especially older, less efficient fridges) and valuable space.
That’s precisely why BC Hydro has a Fridge Buy-Back Program in place. This program allows BC Hydro customers to get rid of the spare working fridges, gain back all that space they’re taking, reduce electricity usage and save money in the process. Your old fridge will be disposed in a safe and environmentally friendly method. Our beautiful province keeps growing, and so does the need for electricity. Through unplugging these obsolete fridges you ultimately conserve electricity.
How has it been working out so far? Since program re-launch in 2002, the program has removed over 242,000 inefficient fridges from the market resulting in net energy savings of over 203 GWh. BC Hydro estimates there’s another 362,000 secondary fridges around. What if all of them were recycled through the program? Well, let’s just say that enough energy would be saved to power City of Chilliwack for an entire year.
Best part - it’s absolutely free! Not only will BC Hydro arrange free pickup for your old fridge, but they’ll also send you a check for $30 incentive after your fridge has been properly disposed off through designated recycler. That’s on top of roughly $85 annual savings you’ll realize through a lower electricity bill.
Some fine print:
Only BC Hydro customers are eligible
Lifetime limit of two fridges
Fridge has to be in working order
Only standard household fridges please, no bar fridges, sub-zero or large commercial units.
To arrange for the free pick up of your spare working fridge, call 604-881-4357 or 1-866-516-4357 outside of the Lower Mainland. Click here for more information.
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