QUINCY, Ill., Sept. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- An energy efficiency milestone was achieved today when the Ameren Illinois ActOnEnergy® Refrigerator Recycling Program collected the 30,000th refrigerator/freezer unit for recycling.
The milestone refrigerator was picked up today at the home of Jane Haslem in Quincy. The Quincy customer will receive $50 from ActOnEnergy. Furthermore, she will save $150 or more annually in electricity bills by retiring her Energy Hog refrigerator.
"The amount of electricity used by those 30,000 refrigerators and freezers is equal to the power used by about 3,000 typical residential customers for an entire year," said Karen Warnke, Ameren Illinois Customer Service energy efficiency advisor.
"This program is good news for the environment because the retirement of these refrigerators will prevent about 22,500 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) from being released into the atmosphere in a year."
In addition, the recycling of the 30,000 refrigerators and freezers prevented 7,800 tons of metal and other waste from ending up in landfills.
"We rehabilitate these Energy Hog refrigerators and freezers at our recycling facility in Springfield. Their recycled components – primarily metal, plastic, glass – will get the opportunity to lead productive lives as new products," Warnke said.
Ameren Illinois now pays an electric customer $50 for any standard size refrigerator or freezer. The appliance must be plugged in and operating at the time it is picked up for recycling. Customers are not required to replace the unit.
Eligible Ameren Illinois electric customers should call 1-866-899-9088 to schedule a pickup of their refrigerator or freezer. Customers will need their electric account number when scheduling a pickup.
Nonprofits also can earn extra green while helping make Illinois greener by joining the new Ameren Illinois ActOnEnergy Refrigerator Recycling Referrals program.
When an Ameren Illinois residential electricity customer recycles a spare refrigerator or freezer through the ActOnEnergy program, the participating nonprofit organization of the customer's choice will receive $10.
"We have designed the Refrigerator Recycling Referrals program to help nonprofits easily earn extra dollars, while giving our customers an added incentive to become more energy efficient," Warnke said.
Nonprofits may enroll by calling 1-866-838-6918, visiting ActOnEnergy.com/fundraiser or sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive program materials and their group identification number. There is no cost to participate.
ActOnEnergy offers energy efficiency advice plus a variety of financial incentives and rebates for residential customers. Full residential program details are available at ActOnEnergy.com by calling 1-866-838-6918 or by sending an e-mail to ActOnEnergyResidential@ameren.com.
Financial incentives and rebates as well as energy efficiency advice is available for Ameren Illinois business customers. Complete business program information is available at ActOnEnergy.com, by calling 1-866-800-0747 or by sending an e-mail to ActOnEnergyBusiness@ameren.com.
Ameren Illinois delivers energy to 1.2 million electric and 813,000 natural gas customers in downstate Illinois, and our mission is to meet their energy needs in a safe, reliable, efficient and environmentally responsible manner. Our service area covers more than 1,200 communities and 43,700 square miles. For more information, visit AmerenIllinois.com.
SOURCE Ameren Illinois