(Harrisburg) -- PPL hopes to convince thousands of customers to get rid of their older, energy-wasting refrigerators and freezers. The company is offering free removal of any such unit, along with $35 toward a new one. Spokesman Ryan Hill notes refrigerators and freezers made before 1990 consume three times as much energy as newer appliances. "Some of these models that people may have in their basement may be 20, 30 years old and really this is all about encouraging customers to take some steps that are going to save them money, conserve resource and really help protect the environment." Hill says PPL will ensure that each unit is recycled properly. He notes that by noon today -- the first full day of the program -- 250 people had signed up for it. The company is also offering $25 coupons in exchange for old room air conditioners. The program is the first of several PPL plans to implement over the next few years, as part of a state law requiring utility companies to cut consumers' electric consumption.
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