Ditch that dodgy old fridge

fridgeThe Sunshine Coast World Environment Day Festival will be held this Sunday and one local business will be there to celebrate the day by offering customers a unique chance to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and their electricity bill.
Accord Electrical will cut $200 off the price of a new solar system – but the offer is only open to customers who trade in their old energy guzzling fridges. That is, ones that are currently being used as a second, third or believe it or not fourth fridge. The idea is to get them off the grid. This unique strategy, which will see Accord Electrical take the fridges away and have them degassed and recycled, is an attempt to help householders cut their power bills and greenhouse emissions.
Accord Electrical owner and former Sunshine Coast Council Environment portfolio holder, Keryn Jones, says that many people don’t understand how power hungry older fridges can be.

“Old fridges can use up to 3 times more energy than new ones. Many people have them chugging away in their garage as a second fridge that is costing them up to $550 a year,” Keryn Jones says.

Keryn says her company has a goal to get 100 old fridges off the electricity grid by the end of the year.
“By removing these old fridges we hope to prevent around 150 tonnes of emissions  from entering the atmosphere each year,  which is equivalent to getting around 36 cars off the road.”

World Environment Day runs from 10am till 4pm on the 9th of June and features live entertainment, seminars from high profile speakers and science displays, as well as local food and produce, native wildlife presentations, and even a fashion parade. More information on the festival can be found atwww.wed.org.au.

About World Environment Day:

What: A fun, free, family festival
Where: University of the Sunshine Coast
When: 9th June from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
WED is a celebration of environment and community. Held on the occasion of World Environment Day (WED) the festival is a fun free family day out that showcases the beautiful natural environment of the Sunshine Coast and the amazing work that is being done in the community, private and public sector to create a sustainable community.