Avista is launching a new Refrigerator Recycling Program for its Washington and Idaho electric customers that could save over 5.4 million kilowatt-hours of electricity over two years and avoid almost 1,700 metric tons of CO2 emissions based on Avista’s renewable resource mix. That’s the equivalent of removing the greenhouse gas emissions of 278 passenger vehicles.
The two-year program will provide a $30 rebate to electric customers recycling their operational pre-1995 refrigerators or freezers. These older appliances can consume up to an average of 1,500 kilowatt-hours annually compared to newer models that consume between 400-500 kilowatt-hours annually. Under the program, 95 percent of each appliance will be recycled, and toxins and ozone-destroying chlorofluorocarbon gases from foam insulation and refrigerants will be safely disposed. Avista anticipates the program will remove 6,000 of the inefficient appliances from its electrical grid over the next two years.
“When a new refrigerator or freezer is purchased, homeowners may move the older model into the garage or basement for extra cooling space. Rather than realizing energy saving with a new efficient appliance, the customer is actually adding to the home’s energy consumption,” said Camille Martin, an Avista energy solutions program manager. “Two refrigerators can account for more than 20 percent of a home’s energy use.”
Avista has partnered with JACO Environmental to provide free pickup of operating pre-1995 refrigerators and freezers from Avista’s electric customers in eastern Washington and northern Idaho. JACO will recycle the appliances at its new facility in the Spokane Industrial Park. Customers should call (877) 577-0510 to schedule a pickup.
The new program joins Avista’s suite of energy efficiency programs providing rebates and incentives to residential, commercial and industrial customers who implement energy savings measures.
In 2007, Avista’s Washington and Idaho customers received more than $9 million in energy efficiency rebates and incentives and saved 53.7 million kilowatt hours – enough energy to power over 4,500 homes – and more than 1.5 million therms of natural gas. Information on Avista’s programs is available at www.everylittlebit.com
Avista Corp. is an energy company involved in the production, transmission and distribution of energy as well as other energy-related businesses. Avista Utilities is our operating division that provides service to 352,000 electric and 311,000 natural gas customers in three Western states. Avista’s primary, non-regulated subsidiary is Advantage IQ. Our stock is traded under the ticker symbol “AVA.” For more information about Avista, please visit www.avistacorp.com. Avista Corp. and the Avista Corp. logo are trademarks of Avista Corporation. All other trademarks mentioned in this document are the property of their respective owners.
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