June 07, 2010
For Release: Immediately
Central Hudson Recycling and Rebate Program Draws Large Response

Poughkeepsie, Newburgh and Kingston Sears locations continue accepting AC units
through Sept. 15;
Customers may also call now to schedule pick up of older refrigerators and freezers to receive incentive

Customers of Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation turned in 529 window and through-the-wall air conditioners for recycling during the utility’s Air Conditioner Turn-In Event at the Poughkeepsie Galleria Sears over this past Memorial Day weekend – and since then, more than 50 additional units have been received. “The response to this program has been terrific, as our customers are taking advantage of this opportunity to save energy and money by trading in their old air conditioners for new, high efficiency models,” said Charles A. Freni, Senior Vice President of Customer Services. Central Hudson customers can continue to turn in their older, working units for free recycling at Sears locations at the Poughkeepsie Galleria, Newburgh Mall and the Hudson Valley Mall in Kingston and receive a $50 or $100 mail-in-rebate when they purchase a new, Energy Star® window or through-the-wall air conditioner, respectively. The program runs through Sept. 15, 2010. Check www.SavingsCentral.com for program updates.

“Replacing an older window or wall air conditioner with a high-efficiency Energy Star model conserves electricity, protects the environment and saves money,” said Freni. The units turned in to date can together potentially save an estimated 23,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year, about $3,800 in energy costs and 12 tons of greenhouse gases if all are replaced with Energy Star models. Nearly 42,000 pounds of metal and plastic will be recycled while environmentally harmful oils and refrigerants contained within the recycled units will be safely disposed of. In addition, participating customers are eligible to receive mail-in rebate incentives of $50 to $100 toward their purchase of each replacement unit.

Refrigerator/freezer recycling and incentives

Central Hudson customers may also receive a $50 recycling incentive for older, working refrigerators and freezers beginning June 21, 2010 through December 31, 2011, and may call
or visit RecycleMyAppliance.com now to schedule a free pick-up. “Customers who recycle their old, inefficient refrigerator or freezer will receive a $50 bounty for each by mail, for up to two units, with no need to buy anything else,” said Freni. “Central Hudson will pick up the units at our customers’ homes for recycling at no charge.” Older appliances, especially secondary freezers and refrigerators, are high-energy users and are often costly to operate, using an estimated average of 1,200 kilowatt-hours per year and costing about $200 annually to operate. “Recycling can save money and energy,” said Freni.

Operating window and wall air conditioners will also be accepted for pick up when a qualifying refrigerator or freezer is collected at their homes during the same appointment. While there is no recycling incentive for air conditioners, customers can still qualify for a rebate of $50 or $100 toward the purchase of a new Energy Star air conditioner.

These incentives join Central Hudson’s family of electric energy efficiency programs for residents and small and mid-size businesses, government and other non-residential facilities. To date, nearly 450 residential and 35 business, municipal and non-profit organizations have installed energy efficiency measures using SavingsCentral programs. Together they have received incentives of nearly $480,000, and are saving more than 1.4 million kilowatt-hours of electricity , 43,000 therms of natural gas, 1,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions and $218,000 in combined energy costs each year.

To learn more about all of the available incentives and energy-saving tips for homes and businesses, visit www.SavingsCentral.com.

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Central Hudson customers turned in their older, working window and wall air conditioners for recycling at the Sears Poughkeepsie Galleria location during Memorial Day weekend, and are eligible to receive rebates toward the purchase of a new Energy Star® unit.

Near 530 air conditioners were turned in for recycling at the special event, and an additional 50 units have been received since then.