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Get Started on Spring Cleaning With a Helping Hand from NYSEG and RG&E

Rochester, NY – NYSEG and RG&E, subsidiaries of Iberdrola USA, can help customers jump start their spring cleaning by recycling household energy hogs – those second refrigerators or freezers that have outlived their usefulness. Customers who participate in the recycling program will receive a $30 check and stand to save as much as $150 a year in electricity charges.

“Participating in this program is an easy way to instantly improve your home's energy efficiency, and start saving money,” said Mark S. Lynch, president of NYSEG and RG&E. “It’s as simple as making a phone call to schedule a time to have us pick up your old refrigerator or freezer.”

NYSEG Customers: To schedule free pickup of your second refrigerator or freezer, call 1.877.691.0021 or visit www.nyseg.com/energyefficiencyprograms/.

RG&E Customers: To schedule free pickup of your second refrigerator or freezer, call 1.877.691.0021 or visit www.rge.com/energyefficiencyprograms/.

Second refrigerators and freezers, often kept in garages or basements, are usually older models that may use as much as three times more electricity to run than newer models built to higher energy efficiency standards. Units to be recycled must be in working order and have an inside volume of between 10 and 30 cubic feet.

The offer comes with yet another benefit: NYSEG and RG&E contractor JACO Environmental safely dismantles and recycles the energy-guzzling refrigerators and freezers. JACO converts 95% of each appliance into recyclable metals, glass and plastics.

“Recycling an old, energy-guzzling refrigerator or freezer puts money in your pocket and keeps toxins out of our environment. It’s an easy way to make a big difference for the environment,” said Michael Dunham, director of environmental programs for JACO.