Nova Scotia

Cash for old appliances program expands

A program that encourages people to get rid of their old appliances has been renewed, and will be available to all Nova Scotians this year.

Available to all Nova Scotians

A program that encourages people to get rid of their old appliances has been renewed, and will be available to all Nova Scotians this year.

The Appliances Retirement Program will offer rebates of $35 for second refrigerators, $35 for old freezers, and $10 for dehumidifiers and room air conditioners.

Last year, it ran as a pilot program in the Cape Breton and Halifax Regional municipalities, and was known as Pull the Plug. The program was administered by Clean Nova Scotia on behalf of Nova Scotia Power.

Now the new energy efficiency organization is making the program available across the province.  

Sonja Bhatia, program manager with Efficiency Nova Scotia, said the pilot program was very popular.

"We decided to continue it this year and expand it to the entire province because Nova Scotians seemed to really appreciate having the program last year, helping them reduce power bills and easily retire their old appliances," she said Monday.

"So, due to the popularity of the program last year, we decided to expand it."

Bhatia said it's very easy to get rid of energy-sucking old appliances — pickup is free.

"You just phone our call centre and they will book you in.  We'll come right to into your basement or your garage and pick up the appliance for you," she said.

"You don't have to lug it out to the curb at all, so it's very convenient. And we'll responsibly recycle the appliance for you as well, so you have the peace of mind that you're being environmentally responsible."

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