Replace Old Fridge, Receive $50 Rebate, $50 Reward, and $150 in Savings


Replace Old Fridge, Receive $50 Rebate, $50 Reward, and $150 in Savings

GAHANNA, OH, June 26, 2012 — 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 The savings from replacing or retiring an outdated refrigerator or freezer are significant, and it’s as easy as choosing a time for free pickup," said Michele Kowalik, AEP Ohio’s manager consumer programs.

Older, outdated refrigerators and freezers consume two to three times more energy than newer, more-efficient ones.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 before1990.

AEP Ohio customers who want their older fridge or freezer picked up for recycling can call 1-877-545-4112, 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.

Older refrigerators and freezers picked up through the program are de-manufactured into recyclable materials at a facility operated by the national firm JACO Environmental. JACO’s process safely removes toxins, such as mercury and oils, which poison the environment when refrigerators and freezers are discarded in landfills, or illegally dumped. JACO converts 95 percent of each appliance including metals, glass and plastics that end up in a wide range of products. Even the foam insulation is safely incinerated to generate electricity.

"With the addition of in-store delivery and free, at home pickup scheduling, it’s even easier for residents to make a dramatic difference in their home’s energy efficiency, while contributing to a recycling process that takes pressure off demand for natural resources," said Michael Dunham, director of Energy and Environmental Programs for JACO Environmental.

Investor-owned utilities in Ohio are required to meet specific energy reduction targets. The energy efficiency programs are part of AEP Ohio’s overall energy efficiency and peak demand response efforts to meet the State of Ohio’s target of reducing electricity consumption 22 percent by the end of 2025. For more information about AEP Ohio’s energy efficiency consumer programs, events and tips, go to AEPOhio.com/Rebates.

AEP Ohio provides electricity to nearly 1.5 million customers of major AEP subsidiaries Ohio Power Company in Ohio and Wheeling Power Company in the northern panhandle of West Virginia. AEP Ohio is based in Gahanna, Ohio, and is a unit of American Electric Power. News and information about AEP Ohio can be found at AEPOhio.com.

American Electric Power is one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, delivering electricity to more than 5 million customers in 11 states. AEP ranks among the nation’s largest generators of electricity, owning nearly 38,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S. AEP also owns the nation’s largest electricity transmission system, a nearly 39,000-mile network that includes more 765 kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission systems combined. AEP’s transmission system directly or indirectly serves about 10 percent of the electricity demand in the Eastern Interconnection, the interconnected transmission system that covers 38 eastern and central U.S. states and eastern Canada, and approximately 11 percent of the electricity demand in ERCOT, the transmission system that covers much of Texas. AEP’s utility units operate as AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia and West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana and east and north Texas). AEP’s headquarters are in Columbus, Ohio. News releases and other information about AEP can be found at AEP.com.


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