SHOALHAVEN residents saved a combined estimated $54,900 on residential electricity bills over the last financial year as a result of the Fridge Buyback Scheme.
The popular state government scheme encourages the community to save money on their power bills and help the environment by getting rid of their second unwanted, working upright freezers and fridges.
More than 180 second fridges were collected in the last financial year.
This equates to an estimated183 tonnes of greenhouse gases saved from entering the environment and the recycling of over 16 tonnes of metal.
Mayor Joanna Gash said she was extremely pleased to see so many residents take up the scheme.
“Second fridges are some of the biggest energy users in the home, costing an average of $300 a year to operate,” she said.
The Fridge Buyback program provides householders with a $35 rebate for second working fridges or upright freezers collected from their home, if less than six steps are involved in the removal.
For more details go to www.fridgebuyback.com.au or call 1800 708 401.