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Pennsylvania Recycles 200,000 Energy Guzzling Appliances

31 Oct 2013

Approximately 2 Million KWh Removed from the Electric Grid through Utility-Sponsored     Energy Efficiency Program

Reading, PA (October 29, 2013) – Pennsylvania residents reached a noteworthy milestone this month by recycling 200,000 outdated refrigerators, freezers and room air conditioners. The milestone was achieved by participation in appliance recycling programs offered by utilities throughout the state, including UGI Utilities – Electric Division.

Of the approximately 54,000 UGI – Electric Division Residential customer accounts, more than 600 appliances have been recycled to date through the Appliance Recycling program, representing over 600,000 annual kilowatt hoursof electricity savings. This level of participation is in line with the statewide average across other electric utilities in the Commonwealth.

By choosing to retire and recycle the inefficient appliances, Pennsylvania residents contributed to a significant reduction of household energy costs and ensured that outdated units were recycled and repurposed rather than ending up in landfills. The 200,000 milestone was reached by Pennsylvania residents just in time for Energy Awareness Month. 

“We have 200,000 reasons to congratulate Pennsylvania residents, including UGI customers, for their dedication to energy conservation,” said Brian Fitzpatrick, UGI Utilities’ Manager of Energy Efficiency. “While we are gratified that UGI customers are participating in this program at a similar levels as customers of other participating utilities,  there are still thousands of old refrigerators and freezers awaiting retirement throughout our electric service territory as well as across the state that could be safely and effectively recycled through these programs.”

UGI’s appliance recycling program currently offers UGI electric customers a $35 incentive as well as complimentary pick up, removal and recycling of old refrigerators and freezers. Older appliances require as much as three times more electricity to operate compared to models built to meet current energy efficiency standards. Once the old energy guzzlers are removed, customers can look forward to saving up to $150 per year on energy bills.

Recycling a single outdated refrigerator has the environmental impact of removing two cars from the road for a year and repurposes more than 188 pounds of materials such as foam, glass and metal for future use.

Scheduling a pickup is easy. UGI Electric customers can call 877-270-3521, or visit www.theenergyguyatugi.com/recycle. Appliances must be between 10 and 30 cubic feet and in working order when the crew arrives to pick them up for recycling. 

Units picked up through the program are transported to an appliance recycling facility operated by JACO Environmental. JACO safely removes hazardous materials from the old energy-guzzlers, reclaiming 95 percent of the materials in the appliances for reuse in manufacturing new products. Even the foam insulation is safely incinerated to generate electricity.

UGI Utilities, Inc. is a natural gas and electric utility committed to delivering reliable, safe and affordable energy to more than 660,000 customers in 45 counties in Pennsylvania and one county in Maryland.

UGI Utilities has headquarters in Reading, Pennsylvania. Customers interested in additional information visit the UGI website at www.ugi.com; on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ugiutilities; and Twitter at www.twitter.com/ugi_utilities.For more information about all of UGI Electric’s energy efficiency rebates and for energy saving tips and ideas, visit www.theenergyguyatugi.com.