Get Rid Of Old Fridges & Freezers & Save Money With I&M (NBC33 VIDEO)

By Eric DeFreeuw

August 21, 2013 Updated Aug 22, 2013 at 8:56 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.nbc33.com) – Indiana Electric Power, in conjunction with JACO Environmental, are working to help customers cut down on their electric bill by removing old, inefficient refrigerators and freezers.

Over the past 3 years, the program has taken over 8,000 units to be recycled, but now they are setting their sights higher, hoping to collect 6,000 in 2013 alone.

Customers that get involved in the program will receive $40 for each unit they donate, which is in addition to the savings they’ll see in their monthly bill when using newer, more efficient devices.

"We are really hoping customers utilize our program in order to save electricity,” says Justin Rainer, with JACO Environmental. “These older units can use up to four times as much energy throughout the course of the year, and it can cost customers around $150. And by removing these old units, we are hedging future energy costs."

JACO Environmental is the company contracted by I&M to load up and cart off the old units. They will be disposing of the freezers and refrigerators at their processing plant in Inidanapolis where 95% of the materials will be recycled and put back into the manufacturing stream.

To get involved and schedule your free pick-up, you can visit their website at IndianaMichiganPower.com, or give them at call at 877-395-5535.

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