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SUPPORTING THE ACCUSATIONS. IF YOU’RE IN THE MIDDLE OF SOME SPRING CLEANING… YOU MAY WANT TO TAKE A LOOK AT YOUR REFRIGERATOR. MEREDITH BARACK EXPLAINS WHY IT COULD BE A GOOD IDEA TO NOT JUST CLEAN IT OUT, BUT GET RID OF IT ENTIRELY. ASHLEY… I’M NOT TALKING ABOUT THE FRIDGE IN YOUR KITCHEN, BUT THE BIG, OLD ONE MANY OF US HAVE SITTING IN OUR GARAGE OR BASEMENT. SAYING GOODBYE TO THAT OLD, BUT STILL WORKING, FRIDGE OR FREEZER COULD SAVE YOU ONE- HUNDRED AND FIFTY DOLLARS PER YEAR IN ENERGY COSTS- AND FOCUS ON ENERGY IS MAKING IT EASIER THAN EVER TO RECYCLE IT.

YOU COULD CONSIDER THIS THE GRAVEYARD FOR REFRIGERATORS IN WISCONSIN. WE TAKE IN REFRIGERATORS HERE FROM ALL OVER THE STATE OF WISCONSIN, REFRIGERATORS, AND FREEZERS I SHOULD SAY, THAT ARE WORKING AND WE BRING THEM IN HERE AND WE RECYCLE THEM BREAK THEM DOWN TO THEIR COMPONENT PARTS, WE SEPARATE ALL THE MATERIALS. BUT WHERE DO ALL THESE REFRIGERATORS AND FREEZERS COME FROM? THEY’RE THE OLD ONES YOU’RE STILL USING… AND THEY ARENT GOOD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT. OLD REFRIGERATORS LIKE WE COLLECT FROM CUSTOMERS, THEIR SECOND REFRIGERATOR IN THEIR GARAGE OR BASEMENT OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT USE ABOUT THREE TIMES AS MUCH ENERGY AS A MORE MODERN ENERGY STAR TYPE REFRIGERATOR. FOCUS ON ENERGY IS ENCOURAGING ANYONE WITH AN OLD FRIDGE OR FREEZER TO PART WAYS WITH IT. YOU MAKE AN APPOINTMENT… THEY DO THE REST. SO NOT ONLY WILL WE COME OUT TO YOUR HOME AND HAUL THAT OLD APPLIANCE OUT, OF YOUR HOME, WE WILL SEND YOU A $40 INCENTIVE FOR RECYCLING THAT OLD APPLIANCE SO IT’S REALLY A WIN-WIN FOR FOLKS IN THE STATE OF WISCONSIN.

WE THEN BRING IT BACK HERE TO OUR WAREHOUSE AND START THE DISASSEMBLY PROCESS ROUGHLY NINETY-FIVE PERCENT OF THOSE MATERIALS ARE RECYCLED… AND ANY HAZARDOUS MATERIALS ARE DISPOSED OF PROPERLY. GETTING OLD REFRIGERATORS OUT OF YOUR HOUSE, AND OFF THE ELECTRICAL GRID. A LOT OF OLD REFRIGERATORS AND FREEZERS ARE STILL OUT THERE AND WE HOPE TO CONTINUE TO RECYCLE MORE THIS YEAR AND BEYOND. AND ONCE AGAIN, YOU DO GET A FORTY-DOLLAR REWARD FOR RECYCLING YOUR OLD APPLIANCE. TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS PROGRAM, ALL YOU NEED TO DO IS MAKE AN APPOINTMENT WITH FOCUS ON ENERGY, AND THEY’LL TAKE CARE OF THE REST. WE’LL HAVE THE CONTACT INFORMATION FOR FOCUS ON ENERGY ON OUR WEBSITE, NBC 15 DOT COM.