An energy efficiency milestone was achieved today when the Ameren Illinois ActOnEnergy® Refrigerator Recycling Program collected the 30,000th refrigerator/freezer unit for recycling.
The milestone refrigerator was picked up today at the home of Jane Haslem in Quincy. The Quincy customer will receive $50 from ActOnEnergy. Furthermore, she will save $150 or more annually in electricity bills by retiring her Energy Hog refrigerator.
“The amount of electricity used by those 30,000 refrigerators and freezers is equal to the power used by about 3,000 typical residential customers for an entire year,” said Karen Warnke, Ameren Illinois Customer Service energy efficiency advisor.
“This program is good news for the environment because the retirement of these refrigerators will prevent about 22,500 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) from being released into the atmosphere in a year.”
In addition, the recycling of the 30,000 refrigerators and freezers prevented 7,800 tons of metal and other waste from ending up in landfills.
“We rehabilitate these Energy Hog refrigerators and freezers at our recycling facility in Springfield. Their recycled components – primarily metal, plastic, glass – will get the opportunity to lead productive lives as new products,” Warnke said.
Ameren Illinois now pays an electric customer $50 for any standard size refrigerator or freezer. The appliance must be plugged in and operating at the time it is picked up for recycling. Customers are not required to replace the unit.
Eligible Ameren Illinois electric customers should call 1-866-899-9088 to schedule a pickup of their refrigerator or freezer. Customers will need their electric account number when scheduling a pickup.