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MPS Offers Reward to Recycle Old Appliances
Release Date: Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Contact: Bill Schwandt, General Manager
Phone: 218.477.8004 or 701.238.6848
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Contact: Dennis Eisenbraun, Energy Services Manager
Phone: 218.477.8018
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Moorhead Public Service Offers

Reward to Recycle Old Appliances

MPS offers $35 for old, working refrigerators and freezers

Moorhead, Minnesota—Moorhead Public Service (MPS) recently announced that it will offer a $35 reward, in the form of a rebate, to its electric customers who are willing to part with old, working refrigerators and freezers. This new Appliance Turn-in Program is part of MPS’ incentive program called Bright Energy Solutions®, which provides a variety of energy efficiency rebates for residents and businesses alike.

General Manager Bill Schwandt said the utility’s new Appliance Turn-in Program is designed to help residents get rid of old “energy hog” appliances in their garage or basement. Those old refrigerators and freezers can use three to four times as much energy as new models and are often used for only a few items. As part of the program, MPS will pay a $35 rebate to the customer for each fridge or freezer “turned-in.” The utility will arrange to have the appliance picked up at the customer’s home for free and will even haul it out of the garage or basement. Appliances will be disposed of and recycled in an environmentally-responsible manner through a national recycling company.

Schwandt said that electric customers of MPS can call the utility at 218.477.8000 to schedule a free pick‑up. The recycling truck will be in Moorhead on Wednesday, September 22, 2010, to pick-up the appliances. Customers should call the utility by Friday, September 17, 2010, to make sure they get on the pick-up route.

“This program will provide a service that many of our customers can benefit from,” Schwandt said. “It is an easy way for them to get rid of an old appliance and save money on their electric bill.”

The old refrigerators and freezers must be in working order (cooling) to qualify for this program and must be plugged in at the time of pick-up. The refrigerator must be a minimum of 10 cubic feet in size. Only electric customers of MPS are eligible to participate; they must own the unit(s) being recycled; and there is a limit of two units per residential address. Rebates will be received within 6 to 8 weeks after appliance collection. If residents of Moorhead have appliances that are no longer working, they do not qualify for this program, but can take advantage of Moorhead’s Clean-Up Week during the first full week of May 2011 to recycle their non-working appliances.

To learn more about the many incentives offered by MPS, visit www.mpsutility.com.

MPS is a community-owned utility serving the residents of Moorhead, Minnesota, with electricity and water.


If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview,

please contact General Manager Bill Schwandt or Energy Services Manager Dennis Eisenbraun

at the contact information listed above.

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