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July 13, 2006 17:41 ET

Enersource Joins Conservation Bureau in Fridge Retirement Program

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 13, 2006) -

Attention News Editors:

Enersource Corporation has joined Ontario's Conservation Bureau in promoting a Mississauga pilot program that will assist residents in the disposal of old inefficient refrigerators.

Enersource Hydro Mississauga's Chief Conservation Officer Carmine DiRuscio was on hand at a symbolic retirement party held at Mississauga's City Hall today, as the Conservation Bureau and local utility launched the Refrigerator Retirement Program in the city. "We hope this will be the first of many such celebrations as our customers in Mississauga join this campaign by saying their own goodbye to the energy hogs that live in their basement or garage," said DiRuscio. "Old and inefficient refrigerators are one of the worst offenders in terms of energy consumption by appliances, so we're delighted to be able to add this program to our growing range of energy-saving initiatives with our Mississauga customers."

To qualify, refrigerators must be at least five years old, 10 cubic feet or larger, in working condition at the time of pick-up, and located at a single-family residence.

For those who may not qualify in this pilot program, perhaps because the refrigerator is a newer model, there are other options. "These second fridges can be chugging away in the basement consuming electricity at times during the day when we most need to reduce demand on the electricity system," explains DiRuscio. "While the best option would be to unplug or dispose of the appliance altogether, a secondary option is to buy an inexpensive timer that will shift the cooling cycle away from peak periods." The utility recommends that residents consider taking advantage of a $5.00 coupon on timer purchases still available through many retailers participating in the Conservation Bureau's "Make Every Kilowatt Count" campaign, launched this spring.

The Refrigerator Retirement Program provides pick-up and recycling (a $110 value) for residents requesting the free service available between July 7, 2006 and September 30, 2006.

Enersource has provided a convenient online link to the Refrigerator Retirement Program service through its conservation website address www.enersource.com/powerwise. At this site, residents can also view a short video download describing how to make use of timers on refrigerators and other appliances. Direct requests to schedule a refrigerator pick-up under the program can be made by calling 1-877-279-4115, or logging onto www.refrigeratorretirement.com.

Contact Information

  • Enersource Corporation
    Ken MacDonald
    Senior Manager, Communications & Government Relations
    (905) 283-4050
    Email: kmacdonald@enersource.com