WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Pepco Wants Your Aging Fridge

Play associated audio
Pepco orkers remove the 40-year-old freezer from Corianne Atwell's house in Bethesda, Md.
Matt Bush
Pepco orkers remove the 40-year-old freezer from Corianne Atwell's house in Bethesda, Md.

Pepco wants its customers to get rid of older, energy-sucking refrigerators and freezers. The utility wants these appliances so badly, in fact, that they'll pick them up for free, and even pay customers for them.

Corriane Atwell kept a freezer in the basement of her house in Bethesda for "overflow" from her refrigerator, as she puts it. Workers took it away today, and Atwell says she's not sorry to see it go.

"It didn't freeze terribly well any longer," said Atwell. "It was a freezer, and the stuff in there wasn't much frozen anymore."

The 40-year-old freezer is a perfect example of the kind of appliance PEPCO wants its customers to recycle. Amy Friess, with the utility, says customers will receive a $50 check for every old refrigerator and freezer they recycle.

"It benefits the customer because it reduces their bill," said Friess. "And it benefits us because it reduces the load on the grid."

Pepco customers can also receive $25 for each window-unit air conditioner they wish to recycle. The most money any one customer can receive in total from the utility is $150, but to be eligible for the money, the appliances to be recycled must still be in working condition.


Elvis Costello: 'There Is No Absolute Right And Wrong About Music'

Throughout his memoir, Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink, Costello grapples with parallels to his father's life. "In the end, music was playing in the room when my father left this earth," he says.

Why Wal-Mart And Other Retail Chains May Not Fix The Food Deserts

Americans' junk food calories increasingly come from big box and convenience stores rather than traditional grocers, a study finds. And researchers say this trend is a public health concern.

Palestinians Confront Escalating Violence In Jerusalem After Attacks

Families of two Palestinians accused of attacks on Israelis describe their shock and some of the anger driving a new wave of violence.

Groups Aim To Make It Easier To Own A Cable TV Box Instead Of Renting

A study estimated that 99 percent of cable TV subscribers rent their set-top boxes and pay on average $231 a year to do so. Groups want to make it easier for consumers to own similar devices.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.