I Used To Be So Cool

Refrigerator and Freezer Recycling

Your fridge or freezer was made in the 70s, 80s or 90s.  It used to be so cool, but now just wastes your energy. If you’re looking for a good reason to retire an old, full-size, working refrigerator or freezer, Ameren Illinois will give you three:

  • We will provide you with a $50 reward to kick off the savings.

  • You could save $100 a year or more on electric costs.

  • We will provide free pickup and haul away of your old fridge or freezer.

And better yet - Ameren Illinois will give your old appliances a new life. Our recycling facility in Springfield reuses the metal, glass and plastic parts from your old fridge or freezer. These parts are recycled and made into brand new products.

Eligibility and Participation Requirements

Are you eligible for free refrigerator or freezer appliance pickup and a $50 reward?

You are if:

  1. You’re an Ameren Illinois residential electric customer, and
  2. Your refrigerator or freezer is full-size (i.e., 10-27 cubic ft) and still cools.

That’s it! It doesn’t matter how old the appliance is, or where it is in your home. You don’t even have to purchase a new appliance to qualify for the reward.

If you meet the eligibility requirements above, grab your Ameren Illinois account number and schedule an appliance pickup online, or to schedule a pickup by phone call 1.866.899.9088.

Either way, once we’ve taken that old refrigerator or freezer off your hands, we’ll send you a check for $50 within six weeks.

Recycling is a Lifestyle 

Recycling opportunities abound: Check out this fascinating report on recycling almost everything in your kitchen — from food waste, product containers and appliances.

Everything old is new again: For the collector in you, some manufacturers are coming out with new, energy-efficient appliances in vintage, mid-century modern styles. If you love mid-century modern, you'll heart this trendy example of a vintage refrigerator revisited. And don't miss browsing this lovely little photo gallery of celebrity kitchens with vintage-styled appliances. Talk about nostalgia!

From Energy Hog to ENERGY STAR®. Getting ready to purchase that stainless steel refrigerator/freezer you’ve been dreaming about? Keep in mind that ENERGY STAR qualified refrigerators are required to use 20% less energy than models not labeled with the ENERGY STAR logo.

On average, an ENERGY STAR qualified model can cut your energy bills by $165 over the lifetime of your fridge. Facts on refrigeration: from usage to maintenance to making a purchase.

Big name in small energy bills. You see the ENERGY STAR name all over the place these days. Maybe it’s time to learn a little something about this remarkable moniker. Learn more about the ENERGY STAR program

Need to replace your inefficient fridge? Ask the experts: No one knows more about ENERGY STAR appliances than ENERGY STAR. Their refrigerator buying overview and buying guide is just the place to get started. Or, find out how efficient (or not) your fridge is with the ENERGY STAR Refrigerator Calculator.

Freezers 101: Here’s a cool primer covering the pros and cons of standalone freezers. Or, check out another useful freezer buying guide: from choosing the right size, to freezer cost, features and selecting a model.

Refrigerators 101: Headed out to buy a new refrigerator? You might want to take a look at Don Vandervort's handy buying guide from HomeTips.com, which covers various types of refrigerators including built-in, wine cooler, energy efficiency and used refrigerators.

More ways to save: Most homes offer tons of opportunities for saving energy that you may not even realize. ActOnEnergy is your gateway to a wealth of energy efficiency videos, checklists and tips for saving energy both inside, and outside, of your home.