JACO Environmental

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 energy consumption.
  • 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.