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Con Edison Media Relations
For Immediate Release: September 20, 2011
10:30 a.m.

Earn Up to $50 for Your Old Fridge

Con Edison Expands Recycling Program to Include Freezers

New York — Con Edison has expanded its refrigerator recycling program to include freezers while boosting the reward for both types of appliances from $30 to $50 apiece. Along with the cash incentive, customers can lower their energy expenses as much as $100 a year by unplugging and offloading these inefficient appliances.

To help launch the new program, Con Edison hosted a “pop-up museum” today in Washington Square Park featuring vintage refrigerators. Visitors were able to make their own art by drawing and painting on recycled appliances.

Old refrigerators and freezers typically consume as much as 20 percent of the energy used by the average home in New York. Most of these appliances were built well before current efficiency standards, and use as much as three times the electricity of newer models. This holds true for units manufactured all the way through the 1990s.

“Keeping a freezer or second refrigerator plugged in can waste a lot more energy and money than many people realize,” said Cristina Coltro, manager for residential energy efficiency programs at Con Edison. “This program offers a quick and easy way to improve a household’s energy efficiency, which is why we increased the incentive and expanded it to cover freezers.”

Con Edison residential electric customers in one-to-four family homes can participate in the recycling program, which is managed by Honeywell. The company will remove regular-sized freezers or second refrigerators, which are often kept in garages and basements, at no charge. It will then arrange to safely dismantle and recycle the energy-guzzling appliances, and send the incentive check.

“Honeywell has been in millions of homes as part of the energy-efficiency programs we help design and direct,” said John Augustino, energy efficiency market manager for Honeywell Utility Solutions. “There are so many opportunities to reduce energy use and costs with little or no investment -- and this program is a prime example. Con Edison has made it as easy, convenient and worthwhile as possible to participate.”

The program covers the removal of up to two appliances per household. Refrigerators and freezers must be in working condition to be picked up and recycled.

To schedule a pick up or inquire about eligibility, visit or call 1-800-430-9505.

Con Edison has an energy efficiency program available for everyone. To find out which one works for you, visit or call the Green Team at 1-877-870-6118.

Con Edison is a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc. [NYSE: ED], one of the nation’s largest investor-owned energy companies, with approximately $13 billion in annual revenues and $36 billion in assets. The utility provides electric, gas and steam service to more than three million customers in New York City and Westchester County, N.Y.

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