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Strong Start in 2014 for Mass Save® Refrigerator Recycling Program

BOSTON, Mass. (March 25, 2014) – Throughout the months of January and February 2014, the Sponsors of Mass Save – Cape Light Compact, National Grid, NSTAR Electric, Unitil and Western Massachusetts Electric Company – offered residential electric customers $100 for recycling old, second refrigerators and freezers through the Mass Save® appliance recycling program. This special offer helped the program get off to a great start, with more than 6,600 units recycled as of February 28.


“We are very pleased with the response to this promotion, and we encourage all residential electric customers to consider participating in the Mass Save appliance recycling program if they have an old, second refrigerator or freezer in their home,” said Tilak Subrahmanian, Vice President of Energy Efficiency for Northeast Utilities, parent company of NSTAR and WMECo. “Older refrigerators and freezers consume as much as four times more energy than newer, efficient models, and that can really add up on your energy bill.”


In addition to energy and cost savings, recycling old refrigerators and freezers is good for the environment. After pick-up, the old units are transported to a recycling facility where harmful materials are removed and properly disposed of, while the rest are recycled. Approximately 95 percent of the materials are reclaimed and repurposed.


“During a winter when energy costs have been challenging for everyone in Massachusetts, saving money and energy through Mass Save is a fantastic opportunity for customers,” said Marcy Reed, president of National Grid in Massachusetts. “Enabling residents to reduce their electric bills, get rid of old appliances, and receive a rebate at the same time will help the Commonwealth be greener and more prosperous going forward.”


The Mass Save appliance recycling program runs year-round and offers customers free pick-up of their old refrigerator or freezer, as well as a $50 check.


To qualify for the recycling program, refrigerators and freezers must be clean, empty and in working order with an inside measurement of between 10 and 30 cubic feet, which is standard for most units. One must be a residential electric customer of a Mass Save Sponsor to be eligible to participate.

Customers can call 1-877-545-4113 or visit www.masssave.com/recycle to learn more about the program and to schedule free pick-up at their homes.

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