Refrigerator Roundup Yields 50,000 Units Province-Wide



    TORONTO, Jan. 23 /CNW/ - The Great Refrigerator Roundup, a free
province-wide program to remove old, inefficient appliances, has surpassed the
50,000-unit milestone.
    The program is a partnership effort by the Ontario Power Authority (OPA)
and 75 local electricity distribution companies (LDCs) across Ontario. The
appliance retirement program saved an estimated 11 megawatts in its first
seven months to the end of 2007, creating a sound footing for the 2008
campaign.

    Some key facts about one of the largest programs of its type in North
America:

    
    -  Started in June 2007, the program comfortably exceeded its first-year
       goal of 47,500 units.

    -  For every 10-12 fridges removed, one typical Ontario home is
       effectively removed from the grid forever.

    -  More than 95 percent of the material from each unit collected is sent
       to be recycled and the appliance is permanently decommissioned.

    -  Over 90 percent of the participants in the program told an independent
       survey that they approved of the program and would participate in
       other conservation programs.

    -  Refrigerator, freezer and window air conditioning technologies have
       dramatically improved over the past 20 years. A typical fridge built
       in 1986 uses 1,500 kWh, costing $180 per year, while a new
       ENERGY STAR (R) rated fridge will use approximately one-third of the
       electricity.

    -  The program is one of 18 conservation programs offered by the OPA; the
       organization expects to have 27 programs running in 2008 to help
       Ontario to save 1,350 MW by 2010 and 6,300 MW by 2025.
    

    "Virtually all residential customers had access to the program and their
rating of it was overwhelmingly positive, says OPA Vice President Conservation
Programs and Sector Development Paul Shervill. "Much of the credit belongs to
the participating LDCs, which have ensured we are well-positioned to save more
electricity in 2008."
    "I've called on everyone to think, believe and act when it comes to
conservation," says Ontario's Chief Energy Conservation Officer Peter Love.
"The Great Refrigerator Roundup shows Ontarians are prepared to act when given
an effective opportunity to conserve electricity."
    "The Great Refrigerator Roundup is a tremendous example of what can be
achieved when we work together," said Energy Minister Gerry Phillips. "These
kinds of programs remove barriers, encourage people to take part, and can add
up to real megawatts of conservation."
    Old, inefficient appliances consume two or three times the amount of
electricity of newer models, adding strain to Ontario's power system. All
reusable metal and plastic from the retrieved units is recycled, with the bare
minimum remaining going to landfill. Chemicals that are significant
atmospheric pollutants and responsible for ozone depletion and global warming,
are destroyed in accordance with all government standards and regulations.
    Ontario's increasing demand for electricity can and must be met more
wisely to save money and reduce the impact on the environment. That is why
conservation is the cornerstone of the Integrated Power System Plan (IPSP)
that the OPA submitted for review by the Ontario Energy Board in August. The
IPSP proposes that the province spend $10 billion on conservation to the year
2025.
    Ontarians interested in participating in the Great Refrigerator Roundup
can get complete details from the OPA's Every Kilowatt Counts (EKC) website:
www.everykilowattcounts.ca. Appointments for appliance pick-ups can be made
either online or toll-free at 1-877-797-9473.
    The EKC website also describes a variety of other conservation programs
offered by the OPA that are available to consumers and businesses.
    The Great Refrigerator Roundup reflects the OPA's strategy of working
with other partners, to achieve cost-effective conservation results for
Ontario electricity ratepayers. In addition to partnering with LDCs, the OPA
has also retained the Green Group for overall project management of the
program and ARCA Canada Inc. for decommissioning of the appliances and The FSA
Group for call centre services.

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