August 5, 2002

ROSEMEAD, Calif., August 5, 2002-Want to cut energy costs and contribute to a cleaner environment?  A simple way is to get rid of an old, inefficient refrigerator or freezer.  Models more than 10 years old can use twice the energy as new models.  Running an old unit, especially in a garage, could cost up to $300 per year in energy bills.

For free, Southern California Edison will pick up and dispose of your old, working refrigerator or freezer in an environmentally safe manner.  You get either a five-pack of compact fluorescent light bulbs (CLFs) valued at $50 or a check for $35.  CFLs can save you approximately $50 in additional savings off your electric bill each year by using only a quarter of the energy of incandescent bulbs to produce the same amount of light.  Energy saving measures like this can help you qualify for the Governor's California 20/20 Rebate Program this summer, for even greater savings.  Program funds are limited so act now.  Just call 1-800-234-9722 or visit and schedule a pick up of your working refrigerator or freezer.  Some restrictions apply.

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An Edison International company, Southern California Edison is one of the nation's largest electric utilities, serving a population of more than 12 million via 4.3 million customer accounts in a 50,000-square-mile service area within central, coastal and Southern California.  For more information on the California electricity market, see