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Out with the Old

Difficulty: Difficulty: 3 Expense: Expense: 1 Savings: 1946 lbs CO2 / $96 Bookmark and Share

Get rid of the beer fridge for serious savings!

Why You Should Do It

Got an old fridge or freezer kicking around?  While the avocado green relics might be old friends, they’re costing you money – they use four times more energy than a new ENERGY STAR fridge.  If your fridge was built in the 1980s, keeping it plugged in adds up to $100 to your electricity bill ever year - and it was built in the 1970s, it costs up to $200 a year to run!  Recycle your beer fridge and keep that money for something a little more fun than your utility bills.

What It Costs

If you are purchasing a new fridge, then often the company that delivers the shiny new ENERGY STAR one will take away and recycle your fridge for around $50.  Your utility may offer a rebate to cover this cost. 

How to Do It

  1. Select “Add to My Challenge” and pledge to ditch your old fridge or freezer.
  2. Check with your local utility to see if they can recycle it for you.
  3. Congratulate yourself for saving energy and money and making a difference for Minnesota!


  • joseph.steffel says:

    Energy Star is the way to go.Don't supersize get the size you need.

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