Xcel wants your beer fridge. And if you’re a residential customer in Minnesota, Xcel will actually pay YOU $70 to come pick it up and recycle it.
Usually, Xcel pays $35 (I did this back in January; shame I didn’t wait), but the retirement reward is double now through the end of November 2011.
To qualify, it must be a functional, second refrigerator, capable of making ice.
Now, just imagine the happiness you can buy me with that $70.
Don’t be greedy, that’s my commission. You’ll agree once you hear how much a beer fridge costs to run.
Not an Xcel customer? Minnesota Power offers up to $85 to pick up old, working refrigerators. Here’s a list of energy providers with similar programs.
I’ve blogged before about the expense of keeping an elderly refrigerator or freezer in use simply because it still works.
I bet you wouldn’t be doing that if you realized you were paying up to $150 per year in energy costs to keep it humming.
Well, it’s the last month many energy providers, including Connexus Energy and Dakota Electric Association, not only will haul away and recycle your refrigerator for free but give you $35.
But there are still plenty of ongoing refrigerator and freezer “bounty” programs (Xcel’s program is ongoing, as far as I can tell) though your ability to participate depends on your utility company.
Is your utility company offering a bounty?
Check here and here.