For Immediate Release
BGE residential customers can receive $25 per air conditioning unit or dehumidifier recycled
BALTIMORE (September 19, 2016) - Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) today announced that it will hold a recycling drop-off event in Bel Air, Md., this Saturday where BGE customers can drop off their old working room air conditioning units and dehumidifiers for recycling. For each appliance recycled, customers will receive a $25 reward from the BGE Smart Energy Savers Program® for up to two air conditioning units and/or dehumidifiers per residential account.
The event will be part of Healthy Harford Day and is scheduled for Saturday, September 24 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 212 S. Bond Street, Bel Air, Md. 21014. The event will be held rain or shine, and BGE representatives will be on hand to unload the eligible appliances from customers' vehicles.
Units must be in working condition to be eligible. Customers will receive a check for $25 in the mail approximately four to six weeks after the event. More information is available at BGESmartEnergy.com/RecycleMyAC or by calling 866.898.1901. BGE held a similar event in Howard County in June that resulted in customers recycling over 90 old room A/C and dehumidifiers.
"This event will provide customers in the northern part of the service area with a quick, easy and environmentally friendly way to dispose of their old units," said Chris Walls, manager of residential energy efficient programs for BGE. "Recycling your old appliances helps prevent them from entering landfills, where they can release harmful toxins and greenhouse gases into the environment. By participating in this event, BGE customers are helping Maryland reduce energy use and waste."
The BGE Smart Energy Savers Program also offers a $50 reward for recycling old working refrigerators and freezers. To participate, customers can contact BGE to schedule a pickup, and BGE will haul away their old refrigerators and freezers at no additional cost. Each household is limited to recycling two refrigerators or freezers through this program. Appliances must be in working (cooling) condition and measure 10 to 30 cubic feet, which is the standard size for most refrigerators and freezers. Room air conditioning units and dehumidifiers also may be recycled through this program, but only if picked up at the same time as an eligible refrigerator or freezer. Appointments are required and can be scheduled at BGERecycleMyOldFridge.com or by calling 866.898.1901.
The BGE Smart Energy Savers Program is a suite of programs that enable customers to control energy use, leading to more efficient use of electricity and lowering energy bills. The programs have provided $373 million in rebates to BGE customers and have also helped 1.5 million residential and business participants save more than 2.3 million MWh of electricity. Collectively, the programs help contain the cost of energy and improve reliability by reducing peak demand for electricity and slowing the growth in energy consumption. Energy-saving solutions are available to renters, homeowners, large and small business customers, nonprofits and institutional customers, and more information can be found at BGESmartEnergy.com. These programs support the EmPOWER Maryland Energy Efficiency Act.
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