Published: Thursday, November 18, 2010, 1:56 PMCon Edison customers can cash in by recycling their old, energy-wasting "second" refrigerator. Have it removed for free and get $30.
The new program is part of the company's commitment to help customers save on their electric bills while helping the environment.
Older refrigerators can cost twice as much to run as newer, more efficient models.
"Old refrigerators account for nearly 20 percent of the energy used by the average New York household," said Cristina Coltro, manager for residential energy efficiency programs at Con Edison.
Con Edison residential electric customers in one-to-four family homes are eligible for the incentives. The company will remove regular-sized second, or extra, refrigerators, which are often kept in garages and basements, at no charge. Con Edison will arrange to safely dismantle and recycle the energy-guzzling appliance.
At the time of your refrigerator pick-up, the company will also collect and recycle old, inefficient window or wall air conditioners.
Con Edison customers will receive $30 for second refrigerators, $35 for window air conditioners and $100 for wall A/C units. The program covers the removal of up to two appliances per type per household.
Appliances must be in working condition in order to be picked-up and recycled.