ST. LOUIS (July 21, 2020) – As the temperature climbs, so do most homes’ energy usage. By recycling unused or underutilized refrigerators and freezers, Ameren Missouri customers can earn a $25 rebate, plus save more than $700 on their energy statement over the next five years.
"This is the only program that I know about where customers will be paid to remove an old appliance,” said Shelly Harmon, manager, energy efficiency at Ameren Missouri. “This popular incentive accomplishes two things our customers love: immediately reducing their energy usage and responsibly disposing the old refrigerator."
Ameren Missouri will provide free contactless, curbside pickup to haul away the appliances.
Over the last 10 years, more than 40,000 customers have participated in Ameren Missouri’s Fridge and Freezer Recycling Program, receiving rebates totaling nearly $2 million. The average customer saved about 1,000 kilowatt hours per year after their fridge or freezer was recycled, which is approximately a 10% savings on their total energy statement.
How it Works
In addition to removing your appliance, Ameren Missouri will provide customers with a free Energy Efficiency Kit. The kit includes products that help improve energy efficiency at home, such as LED light bulbs, a high-efficiency showerhead, faucet aerators for the bathroom and kitchen, hot water heater pipe insulation, and an alarm that signals when your furnace filter needs replacement.
“We find most second refrigerators are sitting mostly empty or are untouched for months on end,” Harmon said. "We tend to use more electricity this time of year to keep our homes comfortable, so finding other ways to reduce energy use can help customers reduce their energy statements."
Customers can find other energy-saving products online at AmerenMissouriSavings.com. Many of these products include instant rebates to help you save even more money, both now and down the road.
For more information on Ameren Missouri’s Fridge and Freezer Recycling Program, visit AmerenMissouriSavings.com/fridge.
Ameren Missouri has been providing electric and gas service for more than 100 years, and the company's electric rates are among the lowest in the nation. Ameren Missouri's mission is to power the quality of life for its 1.2 million electric and 132,000 natural gas customers in central and eastern Missouri. The company's service area covers 64 counties and more than 500 communities, including the greater St. Louis area. For more information, visit Ameren.com/Missouri or follow us on Twitter at @AmerenMissouri or Facebook.com/AmerenMissouri.