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UGI Customers Can Join Hunt for Pennsylvania’s Oldest Fridge

$1,000 Gift card for ENERGY STAR® products awaits statewide contest winner

Reading, PA (July 30, 2012) – UGI Utilities – Electric Division’s newly launched appliance recycling program adds fun to saving energy by hosting a contest for the oldest refrigerator or freezer picked up for recycling within the utility’s territory.

UGI is among a number of Pennsylvania utilities sponsoring oldest refrigerator contests. The winner of UGI’s contest, which ends Aug. 31, will receive a $250 SEARS gift card toward the purchase of any ENERGY STAR® products. The winner of the overall Pennsylvania Oldest Fridge contest will win an additional $1,000 gift card from SEARS.

UGI customers can already win by participating in the program, which pays a $35 incentive for people scheduling the picking up of old, energy-wasting refrigerators or freezers, typically kept running in garages and basements. By having the old units unplugged and recycled, people can reduce their household energy usage by as much as $150 a year.

“With this new program – everyone wins. It gives all of our customers a chance to save money, save space, and help save the environment,” said Brian Fitzpatrick, UGI’s Manager of Energy Efficiency Programs. “By recycling your old refrigerator or freezer, you are rewarding yourself with annual energy savings and a $35 rebate check from UGI. Additionally, our customers are eligible to benefit even more if their refrigerator or freezer turns out to be Pennsylvania’s oldest.”

Participation is as simple as calling 877.270.3521 or by visiting www.theenergyguyatugi.com/recycle to schedule a time for a free home pickup. Refrigerators and freezers must be in working condition and must be between 10 and 30 cubic feet in size.  A check for $35 arrives within four to six weeks.

Older refrigerators and freezers can consume up to three times more energy than newer energy-efficient models. By unplugging an outdated fridge or freezer, you can save up to $150 a year through energy savings.

National appliance recycler JACO Environmental transports old refrigerators and freezers to a de-manufacturing facility where toxins such as mercury and oils are safely removed from the unit. During the process, JACO converts 95 percent of each appliance into recyclable metals, glass and plastics. The safe handling of toxins prevents damage to the environment caused when the old appliances end up in landfills, while the creation of recyclable materials conserves the nation’s natural resources.

UGI Utilities – Electric Division serves 62,000 customers in portions of Luzerne and Wyoming counties. Additional information about UGI’s Electric Division is available online at www.ugi.com.

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