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Avista refrigerator recycling program marks milestone in energy savings
Over 7,800 units recycled; energy savings are enough to power almost 450 homes for a year

SPOKANE, Wash. – Aug. 3, 2012: A refrigerator and freezer recycling program offered by Avista recently celebrated an important milestone – saving over 5 million kilowatt-hours of energy. That’s enough energy to power the homes of almost 450 Avista customers for a year. The program savings come from removing over 7,800 energy-wasting appliances from the grid, providing financial benefits to participating customers and environmental benefits to the community at large.
 
Electric customers participating in Avista’s four-year-old appliance recycling program can receive a $30 rebate for having their working pre-1990 refrigerators and freezers picked up at their homes and recycled. In addition, removing an old inefficient second refrigerator could save a customer as much as $100 a year in energy costs. These older second units are usually kept in garages and basements and typically require up to four times more electricity to operate than newer, more energy-efficient models.
 
The outdated units are picked up by JACO Environmental and transported to a Spokane recycling area, where 95 percent of the appliances are de-manufactured into recyclable materials, taking further pressure off our natural resources. Using national benchmarks, each recycled unit benefits the environment as much as taking two cars off the road for a year, creating cleaner air and saving natural resources.
 
“There are few ways that instantly create so many benefits for our customers and for our environment as getting rid of an old garage or basement refrigerator. If you are ready to give one up, our program can help you save energy and the hassle of disposal,” said Chris Drake, Avista’s manager of energy efficiency programs.
 
To schedule a free home pick-up, Avista electric customers can call 877- 577-0510 or visit avistautilities.com. In exchange for their refrigerator or freezer, customers receive a $30 rebate check in the mail in about four to six weeks. Customers also have the option of donating their rebate to Project Share,a customer, community and Avista-funded program that provides one-time emergency energy assistance to families in our region. There is a limit of two units per household, each must measure between 10 and 30 cubic feet and must be operating normally. Non-working refrigerators or freezers are not eligible for the program.
 
About Avista Utilities
Avista Utilities is involved in the production, transmission and distribution of energy. We provide energy services and electricity to 360,000 customers and natural gas to 321,000 customers in a service territory that covers 30,000 square miles in eastern Washington, northern Idaho and parts of southern and eastern Oregon, with a population of 1.5 million.  Avista Utilities is an operating division of Avista Corp. (NYSE: AVA). For more information, please visit www.avistautilities.com.

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