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
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
- 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.