Thursday, October 17, 2013

$500 Prize Awarded in Refrigerator Recycling Drawing

Winners of the $500 award, Mike and JoAnn Riggen, pictured with grandchildren and an Austin Energy representative at the check presentation ceremony.

Austin Energy customers Mike and JoAnn Riggen won $500 from Appliance Recycling Centers of America, Inc. (ARCA) in a drawing by Austin Energy, held for customers who recycled their old, inefficient refrigerators and freezers. More than 415 appliances were recycled during the contest period of August 1 through September 15. 

Next to air conditioning/heating systems and water heaters, refrigerators use more electricity than any other household appliance, especially when located in the garage, where the Texas heat makes it work even harder. We provide free pickup and pay customers $50 for old, working refrigerators. The contractor, ARCA, recycles 98 percent of the appliance’s materials and correctly captures and disposes of any harmful refrigerants. 

More than 26,000 appliances have been recycled since the program’s 2005 inception, saving more than 5 megawatts of electricity, or the equivalent energy used by 2,500 Austin homes during the hottest part of the summer. Call (800) 452-8685 to schedule your free pickup. More details on our website at

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