Central Electric Offers Fridge, Freezer Farewell Program
September 7th, 2011
SANFORD, N.C. — Member-consumers of Central Electric Membership Corporation have a new service available to them that costs nothing and earns the consumer credit on the electricity bill for participating.
Those who have an old refrigerator or freezer in the home that’s still in working condition—but not very energy efficient—can participate in the Cooperative’s new “Fridge & Freezer Farewell Program.”
The program offers free removal of the “second” refrigerators and freezers found in basements, garages and out-buildings. These units are typically older and less efficient than newer models and result in $200 per year in wasted energy costs.
In addition to free removal, members receive a $50 credit for each appliance removed, with a maximum of two appliances per year per member.
The Cooperative’s program partner, Appliance Recycling Centers of America (ARCA), will remove these appliances from the home, disable them so they cannot be reused and take them to the recycling facility in Morrisville, NC. At this facility, 98% of the appliance is recycled, including the scrap metal, refrigerants, foam insulation, plastics and capacitor PCBs.
Members of Central Electric can schedule an appliance pick-up by using a toll-free number, 877.341.2310. The consumer’s Central Electric account number is required when you call.
Call center hours are 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., Monday through Friday; and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday. If the call center is not open, you may leave your contact information and your call will be returned.
All appliances are collected within a two-week period after the initial scheduling call in most cases.
Only those refrigerators or freezers picked up by ARCA will be eligible for the $50 credit. Members may qualify for two credits per year per account number. Members who have several accounts in their name, may qualify for two credits per account.
North Carolina Senate Bill 3 mandates Central Electric and other electric utilities to do energy efficiency programs as part of the Renewable Energy Portfolio. The Cooperative can claim the Renewable Energy Credits, and consumers save energy by helping you get rid of old, inefficient refrigerators and freezers.
Central Electric, a Touchstone Energy cooperative, serves 21,000 member-consumers in parts of Chatham, Harnett, Lee, Moore and Randolph counties.