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National Grid Launches New Refrigerator/Freezer Recycling Program in Upstate New York

Company offers customers $30 plus free pickup of old, energy wasting second refrigerators and freezers

July 13, 2010 - Albany, NY – Upstate New York customers of National Grid now have an incentive and easy way to save up to $150 dollars a year in electrical costs racked up by older, energy-wasting second refrigerators or freezers often kept running in garages and basements. All they need to do is schedule a free pick up, and pick up a $30 incentive rebate.

The Second Refrigerator Freezer Recycling Turn in Program is part of National Grid’s dedication to providing customers with energy and cost-saving benefits, while also encouraging proper disposal of old refrigerators and freezers, which can consume up to three times more energy than newer units.

National Grid and its vendor, JACO Environmental, removes the appliances from participating customers’ homes at no charge and then safely dismantle and recycle the energy-guzzling appliance in an environmentally responsible manner. Following the proper submission of paperwork to National Grid, participating customers will receive a $30 rebate check in the mail.

For more information and to schedule a free pickup, National Grid customers can call 1-877-691-0021, or visit'> .

“The removal of an extra, inefficient refrigerator or freezer will save homeowners money by eliminating a likely electricity waster,” said Edward White, National Grid Vice President of Energy Products. “Our new program is a simple way for National Grid customers to save on their electricity bills while helping to protect the environment.”

Since 2001, federal standards require new refrigerators and freezers to consume less energy. Current models use about 450 kilowatt-hours (kWh) annually, compared to older units that burn through, on average, 1,500 kWh per year.

“There are many ways customers can reduce their impact on the environment,” White said. “Recycling an older refrigerator ranks near the top. It benefits the planet, it benefits your wallet and it benefits energy conservation efforts.”

Second refrigerators and stand-alone freezers are eligible for the Second Refrigerator Freezer Recycling Turn in Program. The program covers the removal of up to two units per household. Appliances to be recycled must be in working order with an inside measurement of 10 cubic feet or more.

National Grid has a 20-year track record of partnering with its customers to provide successful, award-winning efficiency programs in its U.S. service territory. In addition, National Grid recently challenged its customers to pledge to reduce their energy consumption by three percent every year for the next ten years. Customers can sign a pledge; participate in a free energy evaluation; and learn more about the company’s energy efficiency programs at .

National Grid is an international energy delivery company. In the U.S., National Grid delivers electricity to approximately 3.3 million customers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island, and manages the electricity network on Long Island under an agreement with the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA). It is the largest distributor of natural gas in the northeastern U.S., serving approximately 3.4 million customers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island. National Grid also owns over 4,000 megawatts of contracted electricity generation that provides power to over one million LIPA customers.