For a limited time, get $50 and a chance to win a Kindle Fire for your old fridge or freezer

  For a limited time, get $50 and a chance to win a Kindle Fire for your old
                              fridge or freezer

Xcel Energy's Refrigerator Recycling Program offers cool spring savings

PR Newswire

COMMERCE CITY, Colo., May 27, 2014

COMMERCE CITY, Colo., May 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Xcel Energy residential
electric customers now have an additional reason to take advantage of the
popular Refrigerator Recycling Program and cash in on those old, inefficient
working refrigerators and freezers. The program, which provides a $50 rebate
for each eligible refrigerator and/or freezer, is also offering customers the
chance to win one of two Kindle Fire tablets.*

Appliance Recycling Centers of America, Inc.

Appliance Recycling Centers of America, Inc. (ARCA) administers the program
and will pick up the old, energy guzzling refrigerators or freezers and
recycle the parts locally in Commerce City, Colo.

Xcel Energy is also proud to announce a partnership (2014) with the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency's Responsible Appliance Disposal (RAD)
Program. Through the Refrigerator Recycling Program and ARCA's advanced
recycling processes, Xcel Energy is eligible for RAD membership, which
includes the proper handling of refrigerants, foam, metals, plastic, glass,
PCBs, mercury and used oil found in old refrigeration appliances.

To date, more than 14,000 Xcel Energy customers in Colorado have participated
in the program, which is part of Xcel Energy's Demand-Side Management Plan.

"This program provides a convenient and environmentally safe solution for our
customers. There is no lugging to the curb for pickup, we're providing  two
free compact fluorescent light bulbs during our visit and you'll be entered
into our Kindle Fire sweepstakes through the end of May," says Christmas
Ramirez, Xcel Energy program manager.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that a 20-year-old
refrigerator can consume two to four times more energy annually than a new
model and can significantly increase customers' electricity bills. Older
refrigerators put a strain on the electricity grid. Each unit costs over $100
a year in electricity bills and units 10 years or older contain more than 120
pounds of recyclable steel, according to ENERGY STAR®. 

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please visit or call (866) 552-8755. Participation in this
program is subject to important rules and eligibility requirements, which are
detailed at

About Xcel Energy

Xcel Energy (NYSE: XEL) is a major U.S. electricity and natural gas company
that provides a comprehensive portfolio of energy-related products and
services to 3.5 million electricity customers and 1.9 million natural gas
customers through its regulated operating companies in eight Western and
Midwestern states. Company headquarters are located in Minneapolis. More
information is available at

About ARCA

ARCA's (NASDAQ:ARCI) three business components are uniquely positioned in the
industry to work together to provide a full array of appliance-related
services. Eighteen Company-owned stores under the name ApplianceSmart, Inc.®
sell new appliances directly to consumers and provide affordable ENERGY STAR®
options for energy efficiency appliance replacement programs; ARCA's regional
centers process appliances at end of life to remove environmentally damaging
substances and produce material byproducts for recycling for over 200
utilities in the U.S. and Canada; and ARCA Advanced Processing, LLC employs
advanced technology to refine traditional appliance recycling techniques to
achieve optimal revenue-generating and environmental benefits. ARCA is also
the exclusive North American distributor for UNTHA Recycling Technology (URT),
one of the world's leading manufacturers of technologically advanced
refrigerator recycling systems and recycling facilities for electrical
household appliances and electronic scrap.

*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. The "Tablet Giveaway Sweepstakes" is subject in all
respects to the complete Official Rules available at at the Sweepstakes section of the website, or
by sending a S.A.S.E. to "Tablet Giveaway Sweepstakes - Rules Request," c/o
Xcel Energy, Inc. Marketing, 1800 Larimer Street, Suite 1500, Denver, CO
80202. Open only to entrants who, as of the entry date, are permanent legal
residents of CO who are at least 18 years old. For information on scheduling a
free pickup of an eligible refrigerator or freezer, call 1-866-552-8755 or
visit Unit scheduling and/or collection must
be during the Sweepstakes entry period. See above for eligibility requirements
information. Sweepstakes is void outside CO, and where prohibited or
restricted by law. Entry period begins on 03/01/2014 and ends on 05/31/2014.
LIMIT: One (1) entry per person (regardless of method of entry) or address
(physical or email). Entry methods (including alternate mail-in method of
entry which does not require recycling), limits, restrictions and
instructions, and prize information, requirements and restrictions are set
forth in the Official Rules. Sponsor: Xcel Energy, Inc., 1800 Larimer Street,
Suite 1500, Denver, Colorado 80202. Kindle devices are given away on behalf of
Xcel Energy. Amazon is not a sponsor or administrator of this Sweepstakes.

Appliance Recycling Centers of America, Inc.

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Contact: Tiffany Olson, 952-930-1754,
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