Is Your Refrigerator Running?

“Better catch it!” is the response to the old joke. But the joke wasn’t possible until 1851 with the patent of the ice machine. Before mechanical refrigeration was introduced, people cooled their food with ice and snow brought down from the mountains. The first cellars were holes dug into the ground and lined with straw and packed with snow and ice. This was the only means of refrigeration until the invention of the refrigerator.

But how does the refrigerator run? In a nutshell: Refrigeration is the process of removing heat from an enclosed space. A refrigerator uses evaporation of a special liquid (a refrigerant) to absorb heat. The liquid evaporates at an extremely low temperature, freezing the air inside the refrigerator.

A more technical description: A liquid is rapidly vaporized (through compression). The quickly expanding vapor requires kinetic energy and draws the energy needed from the immediate area. The immediate area loses energy and becomes cooler. Cooling caused by the rapid expansion of gases (evaporation) is the primary means of refrigeration today.

BC Hydro: Refrigerator Buy Back: Old Fridges, Cool Savings

Call BCHydro to arrange for free pick-up

To arrange for the free pick up of your spare working fridge, call 604 881 4357 or 1 866 516 4357 outside of the Lower Mainland 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. And please have your BC Hydro or New Westminster customer account number on hand.

Save money

Your energy guzzling spare fridge could be costing you up to $85 a year to operate. Save yourself the expense, give us a call and we will get rid of it.

Save energy

Refrigerators are one of the highest energy users in your home. If all spare operating fridges were recycled in British Columbia, enough energy would be saved to power all the homes in the City of Chilliwack for an entire year.

Save the environment

Using environmentally sound methods, we’ll safely recycle the ozone-depleting refrigerant and metal. And by lowering your energy consumption, you’ll help delay the need for new generating facilities.

To arrange for the free pick up of your spare working fridge, call 604 881 4357 or 1 866 516 4357 outside of the Lower Mainland 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. And please have your BC Hydro or New Westminster customer account number on hand. www.bchydro.com/powersmart/residential/rebates_savings.html

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