See Ya Later, Refrigerator
My area has a great program where the utility company will come and take your old refrigerator or freezer and send you a $30 check. Why do they do this? Here is what they say on their website at Rocky Mountain Power:
Why get rid of your old refrigerator or freezer?
I had an old deep freezer in my garage that I had been using until last week when we moved to our new house. My freezer was a 35 year old hand-me-down from my parents. It worked great, but rather than haul it over to our new house I decided to have it recycled and get my $30 check. Hopefully when our old house sells, we can buy a new and more efficient freezer. So here is the kit they left me when they took my old freezer:
It included two free CFLs, a refrigerator/freezer thermometer card and information on how to become wattsmart. I will get my $30 check in the mail in a couple of weeks and I didn't have to haul that thing away myself! Thanks Rocky Mountain Power!
If you live in a different area it doesn't hurt to call your utility company and see what kinds of incentives they offer.