News Release Date: August 20, 2009
LIPA Announces “Cash for Clunkers” Refrigerator Replacement, Removal and Recycling Program
LIPA poised to become first utility in New York State to offer customers a rebate plus free takeaway of old energy-wasting refrigerators
Uniondale, NY— The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) announced plans for a new Refrigerator Replacement, Removal, and Recycling program (LIPA’s 4Rs Program) aimed at promoting the elimination of old, inefficient, energy guzzling refrigerators for residential customers.
LIPA’s version of the popular “cash for clunkers" automobile program reaffirms the utility’s commitment to helping customers reduce their electric usage and making Long Island more energy-efficient. Currently, LIPA residential customers can take advantage of a $75 rebate when purchasing a select standard-size ENERGY STAR® refrigerator larger than 7.5 cubic feet through September. The rebate program will restart with the launch of LIPA’s Refrigerator Replacement, Removal, and Recycling program, which will not only continue to provide this incentive, saving the customer money on the cost and operation of the refrigerator, but now will also award LIPA customers with an additional rebate worth approximately $30 to help them remove and properly dispose and recycle the old appliance in an environmentally responsible manner. It is LIPA’s hope that most of the old inefficient refrigerators will by recycled through LIPA’s program rather than being placed in the garage or basement of LIPA customer homes, which is the predominant practice.
President and CEO, Kevin Law said, “I am pleased and proud that the Refrigerator Replacement, Removal, and Recycling program will assist our customers in lowering their own energy use thereby saving them real dollars, while enhancing recycling opportunities, reducing the waste stream, reducing our carbon footprint and protecting our environment.”
In most households, the refrigerator is the single highest energy-consuming kitchen appliance. New ENERGY STAR qualified refrigerators are 40% more efficient than models sold in 2001. In fact, savings in energy costs may be as much as $100 per year if you replace a model that is currently in use for 13 years or more. That’s about $1,500 in savings over the expected life of a new ENERGY STAR refrigerator.
"Sustainable Long Island applauds LIPA for the launch of their Refrigerator, Replacement, Removal and Recycling Program. This is a model program that will help individual customers reduce their costs while promoting energy efficiency and environmental health. Especially now, in these rough times that have magnified the problems we Long Islanders face, it is critical that we work together to alleviate some of the pressures on families in a way that creates a more sustainable region," said Sarah Lansdale, Executive Director of Sustainable Long Island
“Whether it be old cars or old inefficient refrigerators, getting them off the road and out of the house is good for the environment. This is a great example of energy efficiency and recycling working together to reduce costs, save the environment, and help the public. Out with the old, in with the new. LIPA’s Cash for Clunkers ensures old refrigerators are properly recycled; not plugged-in the basement or garage waiting for the holiday tray of ziti,” stated Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director, Citizens Campaign for the Environment.
"A bounty for clunker refrigerators gives people an incentive not only to upgrade to a higher efficiency appliance, but most importantly, to get the energy-wasting clunker refrigerator out of service and properly recycled," said Neal Lewis, executive director of the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College.
The Refrigerator Replacement, Removal, and Recycling program, which will begin later this year as LIPA procures a vendor to dispose of the old refrigerators, is part of LIPA’s Efficiency Long Island (ELI) initiative. Efficiency Long Island is a 10-year, $924 million energy efficiency program launched this year, which offers a wide array of incentives, rebates and initiatives to LIPA’s residential and commercial customers to assist them in reducing their energy usage and thereby lowering their bills.
To learn more about LIPA’s energy efficiency programs, visit our Web site at http://www.lipower.org/efficiency/.
LIPA, a non-profit municipal electric provider, owns the retail electric Transmission and Distribution System on Long Island and provides electric service to more than 1.1 million customers in Nassau and Suffolk counties and the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens. LIPA is the 2nd largest municipal electric utility in the nation in terms of electric revenues, 3rd largest in terms of customers served and the 7th largest in terms of electricity delivered. In 2011, LIPA outperformed all other overhead electric utilities in New York State for frequency and duration of service interruptions. LIPA does not provide natural gas service or own any on-island generating assets. More information about LIPA can be found online at http://www.lipower.org.Back to top