If you’re looking for an Ontario hydro fridge pick up program, you’re in the right place!
About 20% of the electricity bill in an average home is racked up by household appliances. Thanks to Canada’s improved energy-efficiency standards, appliance manufacturers have, over the last two decades, improved the efficiency of the appliances used in Canadian homes.
For instance, a refrigerator built in 1984 or earlier will use more than twice the electricity that a more recent refrigerator needs – hence why the Great Refrigerator Roundup is quintessential.
The goal of the Great Refrigerator Roundup is to remove older, most likely inefficient fridges from the electricity system. These older secondary fridges are often located in garages or basements and in most cases are plugged in but rarely ever used.
Removing these older refrigerators can help Ontario residents save from $120 to 150 per year off their electricity bills – this accounts for about 10% of annual electricity costs if the inefficient fridge is not replaced.
You must fulfill the following requirements to qualify for the Great Refrigerator Roundup
To qualify for this grant, you must have one of the primary appliances shown below. You can also have a secondary appliance such as a window air conditioner, and small fridges/freezers picked up but only if the primary appliance to be picked up is a large fridge or freezer.
Primary appliance specifications: Full-sized freezers/refrigerators must be:
- working (please plug this in at least a full day before pick up)
- at least 10 cubic feet and not more than 27 cubic feet
- at least 15 years old
Secondary appliance specifications: Dehumidifiers and window air conditioners must be:
- at least 10 years old
Note: Please unmount the window air conditioner before pick up day and place it close to a wall socket or any source of power.
To Get This Grant
Eligible seniors can apply for this grant while filing their personal income tax return. You may qualify for the grant even if you don’t have any income to report.
Your pickup location should
Condominiums & Apartments should have:
To reschedule or cancel
You cannot cancel appointments online. To reschedule or cancel an existing appointment, dial 1-877-797-9473.
Complementary Grant Programs By Ontario Power Authority
Ontario Power Authority is currently running two other programs that you may be interested in:
- Cool Savings Rebate: Ontario residents who replace their old heating systems or central air conditioning with ENERGY STAR® qualified models would get up to $550 in rebates.
- peaksaver ®: The hotter it gets, the harder air conditioners have to work. This by extension means there is an increased demand for electricity. A peak demand period (usually during the summer) is when the heat is at its highest. Ontario residents who have a central air conditioner can help their province to manage this peak demand when they enroll in peaksaver®.
Tip 1 – Find Manufacture Date:
Find the manufacture date of your fridge on the manufacturer’s sticker. This is often on the back of the fridge or on a sticker inside.
Tip 2 – Calculate Size:
The size of your unit is the result of multiplying the depth x width x height (in feet) of the freezer compartment and the fridge compartment. Add the two results of each multiplication and that’s the total size in cubic feet.
1. freezer: 2.2?D x 1.0?H x 2.0?W = 4.4 cubic feet;2. fridge: 2.1?D x 3.1?H x 2.2?W = 14.32 cubic feet;3. 4.44 + 14.32 = 18.76 cubic feet total.
– You must be present during the agreed appointment time to sign the release form. If you aren’t available, then an 18-year-old individual must be present.
– Ammonia-based refrigerators would not be picked up.
Tip 3 – How to know if your refrigerator is ammonia-based:
Most large ammonia-based refrigerators are at least 45 years old and usually have a top vent for dispersing heat. The larger units also have a hook-up for natural gas or liquid propane.
Territory/Province: OntarioEnd Date: Ongoing
For More Information
Please call 1-877-797-9473 or visit http://www.everykilowattcounts.ca/residential/fridge/pick-up-my-fridge.php
Thomas Wilcox says
We have an old chest. Freeze that is more than 30 years old. Measures 42x22x 34
We would like to arrange for pick up. We reside in Meaford Ontario
Please advise when this can be arranged
Carl Webster says
How does this work.
Does some co es and picks up freezer.
What is the cost
Hans Feuz says
We have a 22 year old working (22.5 qft) freezer in the basement that is very little used. We would like to arrange for a pick-up at a London, ON address. What would the cost be?
We have a 25 year old refridgerator. Your standard large kitchen fridge and freezer. 620 pinestrand cres.
Hello – I have just been told that the Great Refrigerator Roundup program ended in December 2017, via this phone number 1 877 797 9473.
Can you confirm if this remains an active program?
How do I book this?
Sr. C. D. M. Yaskiw says
hello, we are wanting to upgrade to better freezer and fridge and so would like to take part in the fridge/freezer round up as these are old and i think use a lot of energy… must be more aware of the environment and all.
phone number 647-323-3840 would like them picked up near end of April 2019. please connect with me Sr. C. about details and is there any kind of grant, incentive, help to get new freezer, fridge.
I’ve got a an old fridge to get rid of and I’ve called the phone number on a couple different web sites , each time I think I ended up talking to the same person and each time she has told me the refrigerator pick up program ended in 2017 but on the web site’s it’ says it’s on going into 2019 So I’m not sure if someone can explain this or not ?
Linda Low says
I have an old Viking chest freezer (30 years plus) 72″x27″x34″…does this qualify?
I live in Port Sydney in Muskoka.
david hiscox says
do you still pick up old refrigerators?
Niki Laithwaite says
We have a fridge that is 18 years old, and has been used summers only for the last 5 or so years..:we would like to dispose of this please.
I have a 1995 18 cu ft fridge in perfect working condition that I have just moved from the basement to garage. Can this be picked up for free?
Beth Brown says
Please remove this outdated website from the internet. Very frustrating.
Program is no longer available.
Anne Crowder says
I have a freezer 35″x 21″ x 34″ in size. Model # says it was made in 1997. I leave in Shelburne Ontario and was wondering when it could be picked up.
Susan Davis says
Have a standard size,full size frig,could be a 24 inches for pickup,working
Susan Davis says
Have a full size frig,could be a 24 inches for pickup,working
Dan Leblanc says
The program to pick up freezers is no longer valid. Please update your site.
Belal Aboukarr says
I have an old fridge/freezer that stopped working. Are you guys able to pick it up?
How do I make the arrangements to get the old fridge removed?
Just called the number you listed and apparently the program ended last year. Please update you web site.
Gregg Manson says
Have a large 20+ year old side by side fridge that needs to be picked up at Big Sound Marina, Parry Sound, ON.
RENATE RITTBERGER says
Is the program of having an old working chest freezer picked up still available?