LINCOLN - Lincoln Electric System customers can receive a $35 incentive reward simply by recycling an energy-wasting secondary refrigerator or freezer.
Removing older, inefficient appliances can save the average LES customer as much as $100 per year. The program also assists LES' commitment to increase customer efficiency which helps delay the need for new power plants.
"Refrigerators built before 1993 can require three times the amount of energy as newer, more efficient models," said Marc Shkolnick, LES manager of Energy Services. "And those operating in unheated or uncooled basements and garages must consume even more energy to maintain cold temperatures."
Between March 3 and Oct. 31, customers can call 1.866.444.9160 or visit www.les.com to schedule a time for a free home pickup. Refrigerators and freezers must be in working condition, between 10 and 32 cubic feet in size, and operating in an unheated or uncooled space. A check for $35 will arrive in three to four weeks.
"Residential customers just make a quick phone call or go online and our program partner, JACO Environmental, will take care of all the heavy lifting," Shkolnick said. "In the end, you can save money, help the environment and receive $35, all at the same time."
Units picked up through the program are transported to an appliance recycling facility. The hazardous materials are safely removed from the old energy-guzzlers, and 95 percent of the materials in the appliances are reclaimed for reuse. Even the foam insulation is safely incinerated to generate electricity. Funding for 50 percent of the program has been provided through a matching grant from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality.