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DTE Energy's Appliance Recycling Program puts money back in customers' pockets

Customers receive $50 rebate to recycle energy inefficient appliances

DETROIT, March 31, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- DTE Energy electric customers can save money by participating in its Appliance Recycling Program. The program provides free pick-ups of old, working refrigerators and freezers, which are recycled at no cost. Customers receive a $50 rebate for each appliance.  By removing inefficient units, customers can start saving up to $150 a year on energy bills.

"Since the program launched in 2009, over 181,000 refrigerators and freezers have been recycled, saving customers more than $28 million on energy bills," said Knox Cameron, DTE's Appliance Recycling Program manager. "The removal of these old, inefficient appliances is an easy way to save energy, help the environment and lower energy bills."

To qualify for DTE's Appliance Recycling Program, refrigerators and freezers must:

  • Range from 10 to 32 cubic feet in capacity
  • Be at least 10 years old
  • Be operational and empty at the time of pick-up

DTE Energy will pay an additional $20 each for old room air conditioners or dehumidifiers, when picked-up at the same time as the refrigerators and freezers.

To administer the program, DTE has partnered with SEEL, Solutions for Energy Efficient Logistics,to handle program pick-ups; and Goodwill's Green Works (GGW) will recycle the inefficient appliances.  Located in Detroit, GGW will support recycling of collected appliances, safely dismantling and recycling the appliances in an environmentally responsible manner and keep them out of landfills.

GGW carries out Goodwill's mission of servicing those facing employment challenges through vital job training, education, and placement programs.  DTE and Goodwill have a long history of working together with a mutual mission of sustaining Michigan resources and jobs.

"For more than 70 years, Goodwill has recovered and recycled materials for DTE Energy," Cameron added.  "This newest partnership will create over 35 jobs."

For more information on the program, DTE electric customers can visit dteenergy.com/recycle.  To schedule a free pickup, call 866.796.0512. Online enrollment and scheduling of appointments will be available beginning Thursday, April 21, 2016 at dteenergy.com/recycle.  In addition, DTE offers a variety of energy efficiency programs to help customers manage their energy use and save at dteenergy.com/saveenergy.

About DTE Energy
DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE) is a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. Its operating units include an electric utility serving 2.2 million customers in Southeastern Michigan and a natural gas utility serving 1.2 million customers in Michigan. The DTE Energy portfolio includes non-utility energy businesses focused on power and industrial projects, natural gas pipelines, gathering and storage, and energy marketing and trading.  As one of Michigan's leading corporate citizens, DTE Energy is a force for growth and prosperity in the 450 Michigan communities it serves in a variety of ways, including philanthropy, volunteerism and economic progress. Information about DTE Energy is available at dteenergy.com, twitter.com/dte_energy and facebook.com/dteenergy.

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For further information: Beth Crick, DTE Energy, 313.235.5555