After replacing their old appliances with Energy Star appliances which are designed to use less energy and be more cost effective for the consumer many people find themselves wondering what to do with their old appliances. Some will try to sell them or give them away on sites like Craigslist. However doing so defeats the purpose of the Energy Star appliances which is to replace older inefficient models with appliances that reduce the amount of energy used in an effort to be more environmentally conscious.A third and more eco-friendly option is to recycle your old appliances instead of selling them or giving them away. Recycling old appliances permanently removes them from use and makes it possible for more households to be filled with energy efficient models. There are a couple of ways that consumers can recycle their old appliances once they have purchased news ones with the Energy Star label. Here are four of the most popular ways to recycle old appliances.
How To Recycle Your Old Appliances After Purchasing A New Energy Star Approved Model
Trade It In
Many appliance stores offer rebates if you purchase a new Energy Star appliance and give them your old one in exchange when they deliver your purchase. Depending on the store you purchase your appliance from you will either get an instant rebate on the purchase price of the appliance or have to fill out a form and wait up to eight weeks to get a rebate check. Either way its a great way to get a little extra cash in your pocket and help the environment.
Contact Your Electric Company
Many electric companies such as SCE and PG&E offer up to a one hundred dollar credit on your utility bill if you turn in your old appliances for recycling. So instead of sticking your old refrigerator in the garage, selling it or giving it away, do yourself and the environment a favor by recycling your old appliance.To find out if your utility company offers a credit for recycling your old appliances once they have been replaced with Energy Star models contact them by phone or look on their website.
Find A Scrap Metal Dealer
Many scrap metal dealers will come and pick up your old appliance and recycle them for free.However before giving your old appliances to one of these dealers make sure that your appliances will in fact be recycled instead of resold and that proper recycling procedures are followed. For instance the law requires that the refrigerant in refrigerators be recovered prior to recycling the steel used in their construction. You can find scrap metal dealers in your area by looking them up in the phone book or doing an Internet search.
Contact Your City
Many cities offer curbside recycling programs for larger appliances and some even offer cash for properly disposing of your old appliances. An important thing to remember when placing items like stoves, dryers, washing machines and refrigerator’s curbside for recycling is to remove the doors so that no pets or neighborhood children can become trapped inside. Removing the doors of your old appliances only takes a few minutes and could save a life. To find out if your city has a curbside recycling program contact the Chamber of Commerce or City Hall.
Protecting our environment by using less energy and recycling to keep items out of landfills is every ones responsibility. So after you purchase new Energy Star appliances do your part by recycling your old appliances instead of storing them in your garage, selling them or giving them away. Doing so will benefit both you and the environment and make the world a much cleaner place to live.
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