July 29, 2015 - Manitoba Hydro’s says its Power Smart Refrigerator Retirement Program recently saw the 30,000th refrigerator head for retirement and recycling with the collection of a 17-cubic ft Viking refrigerator from Art and Helen Metz of Winnipeg.
By Renée Francoeur
Since the launch of the program in 2011, 7500 freezers have been retired in addition to the fridges. The removal of these appliances from the electrical grid has resulted in savings to the province of approximately 50 GWh of electricity, the utility said, which is equivalent to the electricity required to power a town the size of Stonewall for one year.
“The pick-up of our 30,000th fridge is quite an accomplishment. Customer participation in the Refrigerator Retirement Program has repeatedly exceeded our expectations,” said Lloyd Kuczek of Manitoba Hydro. “As a result, we were able to increase the incentive from the original $40 offering when it was launched to $50 and extend the program to 2017.”
Customers with qualifying appliances can have up to three units removed from their home at no charge, he added.
“We also offer more than curbside pick-up—we’ll move the appliances right out of your basement or garage. Depending on the units retired, you can save up to $100 per year on your residential energy bill”, Kuczek said.
The recycling of these appliances has also diverted approximately 3000 tonnes of metal, plastic and glass from Manitoba’s landfills, Manitoba Hydro said.
Customers can book appointments to retire their fridge or freezer by visiting retiremyfridge.ca or by calling 1-855-5FRIDGE.