Arlington, VA

This regularly-scheduled sponsored Q&A column is written by the Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy team (AIRE). This county program helps you make smart energy decisions that save you money and leaves a lighter footprint on the environment. Got a question? Email us at [email protected]!

If your old fridge or freezer is putting a freeze on efficiency, why not get rid of it — and receive a $50 rebate at the same time?

In most homes the refrigerator is the second-largest user of electricity (13.7%), just less than the air conditioner (14.1%). (See: Dept. of Energy,)

The way people save energy with air conditioning or heating, is by using it less, but that isn’t really an option with your refrigerator.

The best way to save money with your fridge or freezer is to get rid of an older model, particularly if you have a second appliance located in a basement or garage. Commonly referred to as a ‘beer fridge’ these older units aren’t just a little less efficient, they are WAY LESS EFFICIENT.  A 1986 vintage 18 cubic foot refrigerator uses 1400 kWh a year, while a new ENERGY STAR model uses only 350 kWh — a whopping 75% reduction!

Dominion Virginia Power (DVP) is conducting a refrigerator and freezer roundup that will pay you to take away and recycle your old appliance. You don’t have to lift a finger and they will pay you $50. Not a bad deal, right? They’ll even come and haul it out of your basement.

As with anything, terms and conditions apply. The appliances must be between 10-30 cubic feet in size, older than 10 years, and be in working order. Please visit the Program website to review all information and to register.


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