Cheap and Chillin’

by Paul Chesser, Heartland Institute Correspondent on August 7, 2009

Don’t look now gang, but government — this time in the states — has another great trade-in-your-clunker program. It’s for refrigerators! The New York Times explains:

Sam Sirkin, the program development manager of Jaco Environmental, a refrigerator and freezer recycler, said that his company now works with 45 utilities in 21 states, up from about 15 utilities in 10 states three years ago.

The recent flurry of new programs in New England stems in part from the recent introducton of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a Northeastern program that caps greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to combat climate change, as well as from energy efficiency initiatives in individual states, according to Mr. Sirkin.

Utilities commonly estimate that homeowners can save up to $150 a year on their electricity bill by dumping their old refrigerator or freezer.

Now according to the big-government types who love to justify these things, those savings would work out to approximately the cost of…a postage stamp a day. In other words, in the economy of the Leftists, insignificant and no big deal.

So feel free to keep the Ole’ chillmaster hummin’ along. It don’t cost ya nothin’!

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