National Grid pays customers to recycle cooling units

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – National Grid will pay upstate New Yorkers to recycle their old refrigerators and freezers. The program will pay customers up to $100 for recycled units. Customers can recycle up to two units, at $50 each.

If you are looking to purchase a new cooling unit, now may be a good time to do it.

“The program gives an extra incentive to upgrade fridges and freezers that use an excessive amount of energy,” said Jim Stapleton, manager of Energy Efficiency Execution at National Grid. “If customers participate now, they can earn some money and know that their old unit is safely and responsibly recycled – not sent to rust in a landfill.”

If you want to schedule a pick up, call 1-877-691-0021 or visit

National Grid tips to help decrease energy consumption and save on utility bills:

• Insulate walls, ceilings and windows where you can.

• Choose the right lights: Using five Compact Florescent Lights (CFLs) can save you $9 per month.

• Limit the use of space heaters: Used for 12 hours a day, they can cost up to $60 per month.

• Switch to ENERGY STAR® appliances. They use up to 40 percent less energy than conventional models sold before 2001.

• Think before you wash and dry clothes. Dry only full loads of laundry and use the cold water setting on the washer.

• Unplug electronics: Turn off computer at night and save up to $10 per month.

• Lower your thermostat when you’re asleep or away: A 6-9 degree adjustment can save up to 10 percent a year on your heating and cooling bills!

• Change furnace filters. Change every month to save on energy costs and extend the life of your equipment.

• Drop the temperature on your water heater. Set it to 120 degrees to save energy and prevent burns.

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