GAHANNA, Ohio — AEP Ohio, a unit of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP), is matching convenience with a $50 rebate — in addition to a $50 reward — for customers who purchase a new, ENERGY STAR certified refrigerator or freezer and then have their old unit picked up for recycling by AEP Ohio.
Called the “$50-$50-$150” offer, it is the latest effort by AEP Ohio to make energy savings as rewarding, and easy, as possible for the utility’s Ohio customers. AEP Ohio’s retail partnership program coordinates with participating retailers to allow customers the coordinated delivery of a new refrigerator or freezer at their home with the free removal of their older appliance.A customer who does not purchase a new appliance, but has a working, older refrigerator or freezer can also benefit. Customers having their appliances picked up for recycling qualifies them for the $50 reward, and they also experience annual household energy savings of up to $150.“Summer is the perfect time to begin reducing energy costs. The savings from replacing or retiring an outdated refrigerator or freezer are significant, and it’s as easy as choosing a time for free pickup,” said Michele Kowalik, AEP Ohio’s manager consumer programs.Older, outdated refrigerators and freezers consume two to three times more energy than newer, more-efficient ones. That is where the estimated $150 in annual energy savings comes in, especially if the refrigerator or freezer being taken out of service was manufactured before 1990.Contact. AEP Ohio customers who want their older fridge or freezer picked up for recycling can call 877-545-4112, or visit AEPOhio.com/Rebates. The program is limited to removal of two units for each household. Appliances to be recycled must be in working order and sized between 10 and 30 cubic feet, using inside measurements. Smaller dormitory-sized units do not qualify.