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Avista giving rebates for customers who recycle refrigerators

SPOKANE, Wash. - Avista is launching a new Refrigerator Recycling Program they say will save energy and reduce environmental pollution.

To be more precise, Avista says the program could save more than 5.4 million kilowatt-hours of electricity over two years and avoid almost 1,700 metric tons of CO2 emissions.

That's the equivalent of removing the greenhouse gas emissions of 278 passenger vehicles.

Avista says for the next two years it will give $30 rebates to electric customers who recycle working refrigerators or freezers built before 1995.

The company says these older appliances can consume an average of 1,500 kilowatt-hours annually compared to newer models that consume between only 400-500 kilowatt-hours per year.

They say under their program, 95% of each appliance will be recycled, and toxins and ozone-destroying chlorofluorocarbon gases from foam insulation and refrigerants will be safely disposed.

"When a new refrigerator or freezer is purchased, homeowners may move the older model into the garage or basement for extra cooling space. Rather than realizing energy saving with a new efficient appliance, the customer is actually adding to the home's energy consumption," said Camille Martin, an Avista energy solutions program manager. "Two refrigerators can account for more than 20 percent of a home's energy use."

Avista partnered with JACO Environmental to provide free pickup of the old appliances in eastern Washington and northern Idaho. JACO will recycle the appliances at its new facility in the Spokane Industrial Park.

Customers can call 1-877-577-0510 to schedule a pickup.

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