Get Paid to Recycle Your Fridge

Going Green-Twice!

If you’re replacing a working refrigerator in your home to improve the energy efficiency or due to a kitchen remodel, get paid for recycling it. No hauling required. They’ll pick up. Incentives and requirements vary between power supply companies. Here’s what Xcel Energy in Minnesota will do:

Excel Energy Refrigerator Recycling Program

800-599-5795

$35 incentive check
Must be cooling and capable of making ice
Must be a secondary unit in the home for at least 6 months
Must be 10-30 cubic feet
One unit allowed per calendar year
To qualify for the program, you must:
1) Be a residential electric customer of Xcel Energy.
2) Own the refrigerator and it must be picked up at
a location listed on the billing account.

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This is a nationwide program. I called to inquire about the secondary unit and learned that I could replace my primary (and only) refrigerator to qualify for this program. Learn more about the program by clicking on the links below.

Appliance Recycling Information for United States

Appliance Recycling Information for Minnesota

Sign up for the Xcel Energy program here.
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Recycle Old Thermostats and Get a Gift Card

Conserve Energy and Reduce Heating and Cooling Costs

Save money and energy by using a programmable thermostat instead of a traditional thermostat. Estimates are that homeowners can save about $180 a year with a programmable thermostat. Traditional thermostats contain mercury and therefore must be recycled rather than placed in the trash. Covanta Energy is offering a $5 Menards gift card as a thank you gift for recycling your traditional thermostat and as a way to help reduce the cost of the programmable thermostat.

This offer is available through December 31, 2010 or while supplies last. There is a limit of one gift per household. Click on the link below for more details.
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Recycle Old Thermostats, Get a Gift Card Program Information

Learn more about Covanta Energy Corporation

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Windows: Repair or Replace?

As a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, I like to raise awareness of the benefits of repairing windows rather than replacing them. Often times people think they are improving the energy efficiency by replacing the windows. Perhaps not.

“More heat is typically lost though your roof and un-insulated walls than through your windows. Adding just 3 and 1/2 inches of insulation in your attic can save more energy than replacing your windows.”

Has this quote caught your attention? It’s pulled from an article published by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Read it for information about the benefits of keeping your old windows (they’ll last far longer). It also covers wood window basics, maintenance of wood windows, lead-based paint safety, and winter tips (including the most important job of a window lock. Hint: it’s not for security).

Windows Tip Sheet (National Trust for Historic Preservation-July 2008)

If you’d like to read more, go here:  Historic windows and energy efficiency

And here’s another blog entry regarding Help for Historic Windows

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“A man looking out of an open window never sees as much as the same man looking directly at a closed window.”

–Charles Baudelaire

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