Do you have an old refrigerator cooling a few items in your basement or garage? Or an old AC window unit trying to keep up with the heat? Did you know it may be using up to four times the electricity of a new model? With all that leftover energy, you could save up to $150 a year on your electric bill.
Duquesne Light’s Watt Choices program will pay you $50 to recycle that old, energy-wasting refrigerator or freezer; add on a room AC unit and/or an old dehumidifier to get an additional rebate. Plus we will haul it away at no charge.
You’ll receive your rebate check within six weeks of pickup. Our program partner, ARCA, will break down your old appliance and 95 percent of the components will be recycled.
Reducing your energy use also reduces the need for more power plants as well as the environmental impact of energy generation.
In addition to your recycling incentive, if you have purchased a new refrigerator or freezer after 6/1/2021, you can obtain an appliance rebate application for your new purchase.
ARCA will call you 1-2 days in advance to give you a 4 hour time frame as to when the driver will arrive.
Refrigerators and freezers will need to be plugged in, emptied out, and running. The driver will inspect it to verify that it is the right size, between 10 and 30 cubic feet, and working. Please note, if the unit is too small or large or not working, the crew will not be able to pick it up. Dehumidifiers and room AC units will need to be plugged in.
The pick-up team inspects and verifies these requirements.
Within approximately 21 days after the pick-up, you will receive your rebate check in the mail.
For questions about your appointment call 1-800-257-2510. For questions about your rebate call 1-866-787-5237.
The program helps customers save money by eliminating older, energy-wasting units. In turn, it reduces Duquesne Light’s overall energy needs thus reducing the need for more power plants and avoiding the environmental impacts of energy generation. In addition, units are recycled in an environmentally responsible manner and are not being returned to the used appliance market.
More than 90 percent of each unit is recycled. ARCA safely disposes of toxins and ozone-destroying chlorofluorocarbon (CFC-11) gases from foam insulation. After capturing toxins (oils, mercury, PCBs) and ozone-depleting substances (CFC 11 and other foam insulation blowing agents and CFC 12 and other refrigerants) the program recycles all the plastic, metals and glass in the refrigerator, thus limiting landfill waste.