Responsible Recycling Saves Energy
|Recycling your old refrigerator
or freezer is one of the
most effective ways for your
household to conserve energy.
- If you have two refrigerators, they can account for more than 20% of your
- Older refrigerators and freezers can use up to four times more energy than newer
energy-efficient Energy Star® models.
- Often second refrigerators are used infrequently or when used year round are not kept full,
making them even less efficient.
- Energy is costly to produce and in high demand. Higher energy needs require increased
energy production, which increases costs for everyone.
- Conserving energy has a positive impact on the environment. Nearly 70% of U.S.
electricity is generated with coal and natural gas, which releases greenhouse gases into
the atmosphere and contributes to global warming.
- Appliance recycling saves energy in three ways:
recycling of raw materials recovered from the
appliances, removing older appliances and replacing
them with more energy-efficient models, and
through avoiding greenhouse gas emissions.
Recycling 1,000 older refrigerators or freezers
will save enough energy to provide all the power needed for 999 households for one year.
- If you recycle a secondary refrigerator, consider not replacing it. You'll conserve energy
save money, and reduce your carbon footprint.
- If you are replacing a refrigerator or freezer, buy an Energy Star® certified appliance.
They are required to be at least 20% more efficient than units that are not certified.
- Always choose to recycle, rather than dispose of your old appliances.