Duke Energy touts benefits of appliance recycling

              Duke Energy touts benefits of appliance recycling

PR Newswire

CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 1, 2013

CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Many households have them: The
20-year-old freezer in the garage that's seldom used, or that old clunker of a
refrigerator collecting dust – and using lots of energy – in the basement.

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"The potential to save money and energy – and even earn extra cash – can be
found in recycling outdated, secondary refrigerators and freezers that are in
working condition located throughout your home," said John Langston, program
manager for Duke Energy's appliance recycling program.

Unplugging and properly disposing of these energy-hogging dinosaurs through
recycling can save money, reduce energy demand and environmental impact, and
possibly delay the need for Duke Energy to build new power plants:

  oThe technology inside old refrigerators and freezers is often so outdated
    it requires three times more electricity to operate compared to newer
    models.
  oUnplugging and properly recycling old refrigerators and freezers can save
    up to $150 annually on a customer's energy bill.
  oA 20-year-old refrigerator or freezer consumes up to 1,400 kilowatt-hours
    (kWh) annually; a new refrigerator or freezer consumes between 400-500 kWh
    annually.
  oThe avoidance of carbon dioxide emissions as a result of recycling 25,000
    refrigerators is equal to removing 50,000 cars from the road for a year.

Duke Energy partners with the country's largest appliance recyclers to offer
free refrigerator and freezer recycling.

As an added benefit, Duke Energy customers receive an incentive check for up
to $50 that arrives within four to six weeks of their scheduled appliance
pickup, Langston said. Refrigerators and freezers must be in working condition
and between 10 and 30 cubic feet in size.

For more information, customers in Duke Energy service areas can call
855-398-6200 or visit duke-energy.com/recycle. Customers in Progress Energy
service areas can call 800-599-5798 or visit progress-energy.com/arp.

Persons who are not Duke Energy customers can check with their local power
provider or their community's waste department to learn about appliance
recycling options.

"Take a quick survey of your home to discover just some of the benefits of
appliance recycling," Langston pointed out. "Computers, mobile phones, nails
and more are all made from the recycled parts of refrigerators and freezers.

"Recycling your older refrigerators and freezers is simple, easy and
effective, and also is the perfect complement to your spring cleaning
efforts," he added. "It's also the right thing to do for the environment and
your family's bottom line."

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK)is a Fortune 250
company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More
information about the company is available at: www.duke-energy.com.

Contact: Kristina Hill
24-Hour: 800.559.3853

SOURCE Duke Energy

Website: http://www.duke-energy.com
 
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