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Program Offers Cold Cash for Old Refrigerators and Freezers

April 25, 2013
The Maui Weekly

The conservation and efficiency program for Hawai'i, Honolulu and Maui Counties, wants to help residents decrease energy use in their homes with a "bounty" cash reward in exchange for turning in old refrigerators or freezers.

In honor of Earth Day 2013, Hawai'i Energy will pick up and recycle old working refrigerators or freezers for free and pay cash for eliminating those old units. Maui and Hawai'i Island households will get $65; O'ahu households will receive $25. This offer is coming soon to Molokai and Lana'i.

The goal of the program is to eliminate old, inefficient refrigerators or freezers. Refrigerators that are 15 years old or older can use two to three times more electricity than new Energy Star models. Those old "energy hogs" can cost households up to $500 or more a year in energy costs. (Savings may vary due to electricity rates and other factors.)

"Our Bounty Program makes it easy to surrender old, but working refrigerators and freezers," said Larry Newman, Hawai'i Energy operations director.

On Maui and Hawai'i Island, call (877) 231-8222 toll-free.

The Bounty Program is offered through June 2013, or as long as funding lasts. Bounties are available on a first-come, first-served basis to electric utility account holders, with a limit of one refrigerator and one freezer per household. Appliances must be full-size (at least 14 cubic feet) and currently in use to qualify. Some restrictions may apply, call for more information.

Residents can also receive a $50 rebate when they purchase a new Energy Star refrigerator (with a minimum size of 16 cubic feet and a price of $600 or less). Residents who purchase a new Energy Star refrigerator and recycle the old working refrigerator, can get a $125 rebate with Hawai'i Energy's "Trade-up for Cool Cash" offer.

For more information on this and other Hawai'i Energy offers, visit



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