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Recycle your room air conditioners and dehumidifiers

Drop off working appliances on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute

9/18/2015, 3:13 p.m.
Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) announced that it will have a recycling drop-off location in Baltimore for working room ...

— Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) announced that it will have a recycling drop-off location in Baltimore for working room air conditioners and dehumidifiers.

For each eligible appliance a BGE residential customer drops off for recycling, they will receive $25 from the BGE Smart Energy Savers Program®, up to two room air conditioning units and/or two dehumidifiers.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, September 19, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute located at 1400 West Cold Spring Lane in Baltimore. The event will be held rain or shine, and BGE representatives will be on hand to unload the eligible appliances from customers’ vehicles.

Units must be in working condition to be eligible. Customers will receive a check for $25 in the mail approximately four weeks after the event. More information is available at BGESmartEnergy.com/RecycleMyAC or by calling 866-898-1901.

“Older room air conditioning units and dehumidifiers are less energy efficient than newer models, so many customers are upgrading to ENERGY STAR® certified models that use 15 percent less energy than standard models and that saves on energy costs,” said Chris Walls, manager of energy efficient programs for BGE. “Recycling your old appliances helps prevent them from entering landfills, where they can release harmful toxins and greenhouse gases into the environment. By participating in this event, BGE customers are helping Maryland reduce energy use and waste.”

The BGE Smart Energy Savers Program also offers a $50 reward for recycling old working refrigerators and freezers. To participate, customers can contact BGE to schedule a pickup, and BGE will haul away their old refrigerators and freezers at no additional cost. Each household is limited to recycling two refrigerators or freezers through this program. Appliances must be in working (cooling) condition and measure 10 to 30 cubic feet, which is the standard size for most refrigerators and freezers.

Room air conditioning units and dehumidifiers also may be recycled through this program, but only if picked up at the same time as an eligible refrigerator or freezer. Appointments are required and can be scheduled at BGERecycleMyOldFridge.com or by calling 866-898-1901.

The BGE Smart Energy Savers Program is a suite of programs that enable customers to control energy use, leading to more efficient use of electricity and lowering energy bills from where they otherwise would be. Collectively, the programs help contain the cost of energy and improve reliability. The programs also help to reduce peak demand and slow the growth in energy consumption to lessen the need for more power plants. BGE offers energy-saving solutions for renters, homeowners, large and small business customers, nonprofits and institutional customers. More information is available at BGESmartEnergy.com.