Straight from Detroit's Model D, read what DTE Energy is doing to save the earth and fill your pockets:
DTE Energy is
tearing apart more than 1,000 old refrigerators it has collected this
summer as a way of making Metro Detroit more energy efficient.
downtown Detroit-based utility started its own version of Cash for
Clunkers earlier this summer but focused it on old appliances instead
of cars. Old appliances, especially those old refrigerators keeping
beers cold in the garage, are lacking when it comes to energy
efficiency — to put it nicely. Older refrigerators often use three
times as much electricity compared to newer models.
appliance recycling program offers DTE Energy's customers $50 for their
old refrigerators and freezers. DTE even hauls them away for free. The
check arrives in the mail 4-6 weeks later.
"If you call us to
pick up one of those and have a working airconditioner or dehumidifer,
you can give it to us and we'll give you $20," says Eileen Dixon,
spokeswoman for DTE Energy.
These appliances are shipped to DTE
Energy's new facility in Livonia where they are dismantled and properly
disposed. About 30,000 old refrigerators and freezers are expected to
be taken apart there, creating 20 new jobs over the next three years.
To schedule pick up of a refrigerator or freezer, call (866) 796-0512 or click here. visit the company's Web site.