Get Paid to Recycle Your Old Refrigerator or Freezer on Saturday, May 8

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Get Paid to Recycle Your Old Refrigerator or Freezer on Saturday, May 8

South Santa Barbara County, CA – The South County Energy Efficiency Partnership (SCEEP), a partnership of Southern California Edison (SCE), Southern California Gas Company, the cities of Carpinteria, Goleta, Santa Barbara, and the County of Santa Barbara, are hosting a free refrigerator pick-up day on Saturday, May 8. All residents and businesses in South Santa Barbara County that want to replace their older refrigerator or freezer with a more energy-efficient appliance or dispose of a spare are encouraged to register.

In addition to picking up old, working units and recycling them, SCE will also pay $50 for a refrigerator and $50 for a freezer, limit two units per customer.  Old appliances are dismantled at a recycling center where the metals and refrigerants are removed in an environmentally safe manner.

“Typically, an older refrigerator or freezer uses twice as much electricity as a newer model,” said James Dewey, Facilities and Energy Manager, City of Santa Barbara.  “Thus, even though a new refrigerator or freezer is a significant expense, it can lead to substantial savings in energy and money, helping the environment – and your wallet.  We invite the entire community to participate.”

The pick-up day is one of many SCE programs hosted by the South County Energy Efficiency Partnership to help the region shift toward more energy-efficient technologies.

To participate in the pick-up, residents and businesses should go to www.SCEEP.org to register or call 1-800-234-9722. SCE will visit the qualifying home or business to haul away the old refrigerator or freezer. Participants will then receive a $50 check in the mail. Customers who cannot participate on that day can arrange a pickup and receive their incentive by calling 800-234-9722 or by visiting www.sce.com/appliance.

To qualify, residents and businesses must be an SCE customer, and the appliance must be located at an address in SCE’s service territory. Refrigerators and freezers must be in working condition, plugged in and cooling for 24 hours prior to pick up so that the unit can be verified as still working. Only refrigerator or freezer units of 10 to 32 cubic feet will be accepted.

For more information, visit SCEEP.org or call 963-0583 x 105.

About SCEEP

SCEEP is a partnership of Southern California Edison, Southern California Gas Company, the cities of Carpinteria, Goleta, Santa Barbara; and the County of Santa Barbara.  SCEEP seeks to make Santa Barbara’s South County a progressive leader in energy efficiency.  Through local outreach events and educational resources, SCEEP provides real solutions to reducing energy use in homes and businesses.  Visit SCEEP.org for more information and to learn about how you can save energy, save money, and help protect the environment.

This program is funded by California utility customers and administered by Southern California Edison and Southern California Gas Co. under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission.