Ways to Recycle Your Oven That Is Working

Even if your oven is still in working order, it may be time to replace your old model and upgrade to a newer, more efficient model. Because you are so environmentally conscious, you want to make sure that your old appliance is properly disposed of and recycled. There are a few options you can pursue, but the easiest way to find out about the oven recycling programs near you is to call your local recycling center. You can also use the website Earth911.com to look up local recycling centers which take ovens.

Where to Seek Recycling

If you aren’t sure where to go for information on recycling, you can seek the assistance of Recycle San Diego.  There are several different facilities throughout the city that can receive your used appliances, no matter what shape they are in.  With a working oven, the parts can be repurposed, unless the oven presents dangerous hazards.  In that case, other arrangements will be made.

Tips for Your New Oven

When you go shopping for a replacement oven, you should keep a few things in mind as you shop. For one thing, you should never buy anything that doesn’t have the Energy Star label on it. Even if the model is advertised as “energy efficient”, you won’t know for sure just how efficient until you see that telltale sticker. The Energy Star program has a specific set of requirements that manufacturers must comply with, and therefore it has a concrete meaning behind it, as opposed to the advertising puffery that comes with saying “energy efficient.”

Another thing to keep in mind is that it is much more efficient to use a gas stove than an electric one. This may seem counter-intuitive, especially because gas is a non-renewable fossil fuel, but the start-up energy required is so much lower for a gas stove that it is worth the trade-off.