RICHMOND, Va., March 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Dominion Virginia Power is resuming its Residential Appliance Recycling Program after a brief hiatus. Customers can once again enroll in this program and have their old, operational refrigerators and freezers picked up and recycled at no cost to them.
In addition to receiving a $50 incentive from Dominion, consumers have the opportunity to save energy by removing inefficient appliances from service.
"This energy conservation program has proven to be popular with our customers, with thousands of them participating since it began last summer," said Brett Crable, director-New Technology and Energy Conservation. "It not only helps save energy costs, but lessens the environmental impact of appliance disposal."
Refrigerator efficiency has improved dramatically over the past 20 years. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency encourages consumers to shift to EnergyStar appliances, which are about 15 percent more energy efficient than appliances built according to 2009 standards. EnergyStar estimates that of approximately 170 million refrigerators in use in the United States, more than 60 million are over 10 years old. When operated in a hot garage or exposed to the elements, these older refrigerators consume even more energy.
To qualify for the program, refrigerators and freezers must:
- range from 10 to 32 cubic feet in capacity,
- be at least 10 years of age, and
- be operational and empty at the time of pickup.
- Schedule an appointment with Dominion's contractor, Appliance Recycling Centers of America (ARCA), either online at ARCA or by phone at 1-888-366-8280.
- ARCA will call the customer to schedule a pickup date and time.
- Following the pickup, a $50 check will be mailed to the customer.
- Customers are eligible to recycle two qualifying appliances per account over the life of the program.
After appliance pickup, Dominion's contractor will disable the unit, recycle the applicable components, and properly dispose of the refrigerant chemicals.
Dominion Virginia Power is a subsidiary of Dominion (NYSE: D), one of the nation's largest producers and transporters of energy. Dominion provides energy or products and services to more than five million customers in 14 states. It has a portfolio of approximately 24,300 megawatts of generation and 6,500 miles of electric transmission lines. Dominion also operates one of the nation's largest natural gas storage systems with 933 billion cubic feet of storage capacity. For more information about Dominion, visit the company's website at www.dom.com.
SOURCE Dominion Virginia Power