As the heat of summer approaches, Tucson Electric Power (TEP) is
offering a cool $30 rebate to customers who recycle outdated,
inefficient refrigerators or freezers through the company’s new
Refrigerator Recycling Program.
Rebates are available to customers who call (855) 559-2524 or visit tep.com/recycle
and arrange to have full-size refrigerators or freezers picked up for
recycling. Each unit must be clean, in working condition and have an
interior volume of 10-30 cubic feet. Up to two appliances per household
may be recycled each year. Appliance pick-up and removal is free, and
participants can expect to receive their rebate checks in about 4-6
By removing an older refrigerator or freezer from service, customers can
save up to $125 per year on their electric bills, according to estimates
Older refrigerators and freezers require up to four times more energy
than newer, more energy-efficient models.
The TEP Refrigerator Recycling Program is a hassle-free way to save
money and keep appliances out of landfills. The old appliances are
transported by JACO Environmental to recycling facilities, where up to
95 percent of the metals, glass, plastics and other materials in each
appliance are recycled. Hazardous materials are safely extracted and
properly disposed of to prevent environmental damage.
The program is one of several new energy efficiency offerings from TEP
this year, including discounted LED lighting and financial incentives
for efficient pool pumps. TEP offers a variety of customer-funded energy
efficiency programs that have been reviewed and approved by the Arizona
Corporation Commission. The programs have been proven to be
cost-effective for all customers – not just those who participate – by
reducing TEP’s long-term need for new energy resources. They also reduce
our reliance on fossil fuels, resulting in reduced air emissions and
TEP’s energy efficiency programs have helped customers save more than
641,000 megawatt-hours – enough energy to power nearly 62,000 homes for
a year. These savings help TEP work toward the goals in Arizona’s Energy
Efficiency Standard, which calls on utilities to achieve cumulative
energy savings of 22 percent by 2020.
Tucson Electric Power provides safe, reliable electric service to
approximately 414,000 customers in southern Arizona. For more
information about TEP’s residential and commercial energy efficiency
programs, visit tep.com.