Appliance Recycling

The green benefits show up in your wallet first.


It’s the easy way to clean up and save. If you have an old refrigerator or freezer that still works, DTE Energy will recycle it for free and mail you a $50 check. Add an air conditioner or dehumidifier with your old refrigerator or freezer and we’ll throw in an additional $20. In addition, by getting rid of that energy guzzler, program participants will start saving upwards of $150 a year on their energy bill.

To schedule a free pick-up call us at 866.796.0512.

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Purchasing ENERGY STAR® certified appliances for your home will save you energy and money.

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How To Participate

The average consumer saves about $180 over the life of their new refrigerator when they replace it with an ENERGY STAR® model and participate in our recycling program.

To schedule a free pick-up call us at 866.796.0512 866.796.0512.

Here are the program requirements:

  • The refrigerator or freezer must be clean, empty, defrosted and in working condition.
  • The unit must meet the size requirement -- 10 to 30 cubic feet. Learn more about size requirements below.
  • You must be a current DTE Electric customer.
  • An adult, 18 years or older, must be present to sign and release the unit at pickup time.
  • The unit needs to be plugged in and running on the day of the pickup.
  • The appliance you’d like to recycle must be disconnected from water lines prior to the pickup crew's arrival.
  • You must provide clear, safe access to your appliances. The removal team will not risk injury, move personal effects or modify your home (e.g.: remove door or railings) to remove the unit(s).
  • Your dehumidifier or air conditioner must be picked up at the same time as your refrigerator or freezer.


How to measure your appliance
The appliance must meet our 10 to 30 cubic feet size requirement. Measure the width, height and depth from the inside with the doors open for each compartment (if more than one). Multiply width by depth by height (W x D x H) to calculate cubic inches. Divide the cubic inches by 1,728 to find the total cubic feet.

Example:
29-inch width, 29-inch depth and 60 inch height = 29 X 29 X 60 = 50,460 cubic inches.
50,460 ÷ 1,728 = 29.20 cubic feet.

 

 

Energy Costs of Older Refrigerators

 

Year built 1980 or earlier 1981 - 1989 1990 - 1992 1993 - 2000 2001 - 2008
Refrigerator size (Cu. Ft.) cost per year cost per year cost per year cost per year cost per year
Below 16.5 $228 $157 $118 $79 $51
16.5 to 18.9 $229 $176 $133 $89 $56
19.0 to 21.4 $246 $190 $143 $95 $60
21.5 to 24.4 $261 $201 $151 $100 $63
24.5 and above $294 $227 $170 $115 $69

 

 

Savings of an ENERGY STAR® Full-Size Refrigerator


1980 or older refrigerator

Refrigerator Size (cubic foot) 1980 or older cost per year ENERGY STAR model - cost per year Energy Savings over 5 years
Below 16.5 $228 $39 $945
16.5 to 18.9 $229 $43 $930
19.0 to 21.4 $246 $45 $1,005
21.5 to 24.4 $261 $48 $1,065
24.5 and above $294 $53 $1,230


1981 - 1989 refrigerator

Refrigerator Size (cubic foot) 1981 - 1989 cost per year ENERGY STAR model - cost per year Energy Savings over 5 years
Below 16.5 $157 $39 $590
16.5 to 18.9 $176 $43 $665
19.0 to 21.4 $190 $45 $725
21.5 to 24.4 $201 $48 $765
24.5 and above $227 $53 $870

 

1990 to 1992 refrigerator

Refrigerator Size (cubic foot) 1990 to 1992 cost per year ENERGY STAR model - cost per year Energy Savings over 5 years
Below 16.5 $118 $39 $395
16.5 to 18.9 $133 $43 $450
19.0 to 21.4 $143 $45 $490
21.5 to 24.4 $151 $48 $515
24.5 and above $170 $53 $585

 

1993 to 2000 refrigerator

Refrigerator Size (cubic foot) 1993 to 2000 cost per year ENERGY STAR model - cost per year Energy Savings over 5 years
Below 16.5 $79 $39 $200
16.5 to 18.9 $89 $43 $230
19.0 to 21.4 $95 $45 $250
21.5 to 24.4 $100 $48 $260
24.5 and above $115 $53 $310

 

2001 to 2008 refrigerator

Refrigerator Size (cubic foot) 2001 to 2008 cost per year ENERGY STAR model - cost per year Energy Savings over 5 years
Below 16.5 $51 $39 $60
16.5 to 18.9 $56 $43 $65
19.0 to 21.4 $60 $45 $75
21.5 to 24.4 $63 $48 $75
24.5 and above $69 $53 $80