CHARLOTTE – Duke Energy customers who recycle outdated refrigerators or freezers will receive an increased $50 incentive through the company’s appliance recycling program, effective May 1.

Duke Energy’s appliance recycling program encourages customers to have inefficient refrigerators and freezers picked up at their home free of charge.

In addition to the $50 incentive, increased from $30, participants can save as much as $150 annually through lower household energy usage. Older refrigerators and freezers require as much as three times the amount of energy as newer, more energy-efficient models.

Participate by calling Duke Energy at 855-398-6200 or visiting to schedule a time for a free home pickup.

Refrigerators and freezers must be in working condition and must be between 10 and 30 cubic feet in size. A maximum of two units per household per calendar year will be accepted.

“As many of our customers focus on sprucing up their home for warmer weather, this program offers a simple and smart way to remove clutter and save energy and money,” said Gayle Lanier, Duke Energy’s senior vice president and chief customer officer.