New York State Electric and Gas and Rochester Gas and Electric are offering an increase incentive for residents who want to recycle their old refrigerator.

NYSEG/ RG&E says they will now pay $50 to customers who recycle old, energy-wasting refrigerators and freezers and will accept the primary refrigerator or freezer in the kitchen.

The rebate amount had previously been $30 and only secondary units in a household had been collected.

Units from the 1990s and earlier may take as much as three times more energy to run than the new efficient models.  The utility companies say getting rid of those old appliances could save a home as much as $150 a year in energy costs.

NYSEG and RG&E say the old refrigerators and freezers will be recycled safely and will not be sent to a landfill.

To schedule a free pickup, call 1-877-691-0021 or visit NYSEG at www.nyseg.com/energyefficiencyprograms.