Consumers Energy Launches "Recycle & Win!"

                  Consumers Energy Launches "Recycle & Win!"

Spring promotion encourages residents to recycle old refrigerators

PR Newswire

JACKSON, Mich., March 5, 2013

JACKSON, Mich., March 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Consumers Energy customers have
an opportunity to win a $250 prepaid debit card by recycling an outdated
refrigerator or freezer between now and the end of May.

The appliance recycling program runs year-round, but during the spring
cleaning months of March through May, customers now have an extra reason to
recycle outdated units. Consumers Energy customers participating in the free
program will enjoy complimentary home pickup of their energy inefficient
refrigerator or freezer, a $50 incentive check, and as an extra bonus will be 
entered in a drawing to win one of four $250 prepaid debit cards. Customers
can apply their winnings toward the purchase of ENERGY STAR^® efficient
appliances and equipment at local retailers across Michigan.

"Spring cleaning is the ideal time to relieve yourself of that outdated,
energy-sucking garage or basement fridge," said Theresa Schmidt, Consumers
Energy's appliance recycling program manager. "In addition, you're guaranteed
a $50 incentive check and you have a shot at winning one of four $250 prepaid
debit cards. You can use this toward the purchase of energy efficient ENERGY
STAR rated appliances and equipment."

Consumers Energy customers can schedule a free pickup by calling (877)
270-3519, or by visiting Refrigerators and
freezers must be in working order with an inside measurement between 10 and 30
cubic feet — standard size for most units. A maximum of two units per
household a year will be accepted. Incentive checks arrive by mail six to
eight weeks after the appliances are picked up.

Recycling refrigerators and freezers creates many benefits for utility
customers and the environment. Program participants can save as much as $150 a
year through lower electricity costs by having an older refrigerator or
freezer hauled away. These units are typically kept in basements and garages
for extra cold storage, which is often unnecessary. Additionally, recycling a
single unit repurposes more than 188 pounds of materials such as foam, glass
and metal for future use. This has the same beneficial environmental impact of
removing two cars from the road for a year.

Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy Corporation (NYSE:
CMS), provides natural gas and electricity to nearly 6.8 million of Michigan's
10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

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