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Make a COOL CHANGE. Recycle Your Old Fridge.

ENERGY STAR Make a Cool Change: Recycle Your Old Fridge Campaign

The ENERGY STAR Make a Cool Change: Recycle Your Old Fridge (or Freezer) Campaign is an engaging way to help your customers learn how much it costs to continue to operate an inefficient refrigerator or freezer and how they can properly recycle and replace them, if needed, with ENERGY STAR qualified models. Led by the U.S. Department of Energy, the ENERGY STAR Make a Cool Change: Recycle Your Old Fridge (or Freezer) Campaign is a national call to action for owners of old, inefficient refrigerators and freezers, and especially old second refrigerators.

Millions of older, inefficient refrigerators and freezers are costing a lot!

  • Fridges made before 1993 are inefficient and use more than twice the energy of a new ENERGY STAR qualified model. A pre-1993 fridge costs $110 per year in electricity.
  • U.S. households have 44.5 million fridges over 10 years old, 12.7 million of which are secondary units, often in basements and garages. And some homes have three fridges!
  • 16.9 million household freezers are over 10 years old - that's 44 percent of all freezers.
  • Combined, the inefficient appliances above use $4.9 billion per year in energy costs.
  • Every step we take to become more energy efficient and lessen our impact on global climate change is a step to preserve energy resources and our environment for generations to come. Just think: if every American home replaced its old refrigerators and freezers with ENERGY STAR qualified models, together, we would save[1]...
    • Enough energy to light more than 8.3 million homes for an entire year.
    • Nearly $1.8 billion in annual energy costs.
    • Annual greenhouse gases emissions equivalent to that of nearly 2.1 million cars, or nearly 1% of all registered automobiles in the United States. That is more than the number of registered autos in the entire state of Connecticut. Lined up bumper to bumper, those cars would stretch from New York to Los Angeles and back.
  • New ENERGY STAR qualified refrigerators must be at least 20 percent more energy efficient than the minimum federal standard. New ENERGY STAR qualified freezers must be at least 10 percent more efficient than the minimum federal standard.

ENERGY STAR partners are invited and encouraged to participate in the ENERGY STAR Make a Cool Change: Recycle Your Old Fridge (or Freezer) Campaign. Visit www.energystar.gov/recycle for more information and for marketing materials.

For many reasons, Make a Cool Change Today! To discuss your ideas, including partnering opportunities, contact the campaign staff at appliancecampaign@energystar.gov — we're here to help!

Thank you for your support of ENERGY STAR.

[1] Assumes a pre-1993 model fridge.