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MidAmerican Energy offers cash for old appliances

Appliance Recycling program saves customers money and reduces landfill waste

DES MOINES, Iowa – (May 21, 2015) – How much money are your appliances costing you? Older models use two to three times the power of new ones. That’s why MidAmerican Energy Company offers residential electric customers a free Appliance Recycling program that turns old appliances into cold, hard cash.

Customers with a working refrigerator, freezer or room air conditioner to be recycled can call 800-621-2757 to schedule an appliance pick-up. A recycling company will haul away the old appliance free of charge, and MidAmerican Energy will send the customer a rebate of $50 for a refrigerator or freezer and $25 for an air conditioner.

“It’s common to have a second fridge or freezer running in the basement or garage,” said Tina Yoder, director, energy efficiency for MidAmerican Energy. “The problem is that these appliances are typically several years old and energy hogs, adding $100 or more to a home’s energy bill each year. Spring is a great time to evaluate whether spare appliances are really worth the extra cost. If they are, we suggest customers recycle their older unit and replace it with a new energy-efficient one.”

Yoder said cash rebates from recycling older units, combined with rebates available on the purchase of new ENERGY STAR®-qualified appliances, make replacing appliances more affordable than people realize.

“With rebates and energy savings, the new appliance will pay for itself in a shorter period of time,” said Yoder.

In addition to helping customers save, MidAmerican Energy’s Appliance Recycling program benefits the environment. Refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners take up space in landfills and can release ozone-depleting substances and greenhouse gases into the atmosphere as they degrade.

When a customer uses MidAmerican Energy’s Appliance Recycling program, their old appliance is taken apart and 95 percent of the components are either recycled for a beneficial use or disposed of in an environmentally responsible way, including the toxins and ozone-depleting gases.

To schedule a free Appliance Recycling pickup, MidAmerican Energy residential electric customers may call 800-621-2757 weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eligible refrigerators and freezers must be 10 cubic feet or larger; no commercial sizes can be accepted. To qualify for a rebate, the appliance must be in working condition - the motor must run and the unit must cool.

MidAmerican Energy is a partner of the Responsible Appliance Disposal (RAD) program. RAD is a voluntary partnership program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to help protect the Earth’s ozone layer and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

More information on MidAmerican Energy’s Appliance Recycling Program can be found at: http://www.midamericanenergy.com/ee/ia_res_appliance_recycle.aspx.

About MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company provides electric service to 746,000 customers and natural gas service to 726,000 customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. It is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available on the company’s website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via MidAmerican Energy Company's website.