(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
The National Infrastructure Ministry will be investing NIS 50 million in the
replacement of approximately 50,000 “electricity-gorging” old refrigerators
among the general public, as part of a wide-scale attempt to increase energy
efficiency and decrease power consumption in homes, the ministry announced on
Publishing a tender that same day, the ministry is looking for
a supplier that will distribute the tens of thousands of fridges, as well as
completely scrap the old ones so that they are not reusable, according to a
statement from the ministry.
The new models will need to have high
ratings in energy standards (of A or B) and must have low energy consumption,
and the ministry has committed to subsidizing up to 30 percent – or up to NIS
1,250 – of the cost of each machine. With their new fridges, customers should
expect to save about NIS 500 per year, the statement noted.
for fridge replacement, a customer’s device must be older than seven years, a
spokeswoman for the ministry told The Jerusalem Post
“This is a step
toward social justice,” National Infrastructure Minister Dr. Uzi Landau
said in the statement.
“For the first time, the State of Israel is
participating a great deal in wide-scale projects to increase energy efficiency
in households, which will substantially influence the reduction of electricity
consumption in the country. This is a direct subsidy of millions of shekels that
will directly help tens of thousands of households in purchasing new and
economical electrical appliances. Citizens benefit twice – once through a price
subsidy, and a second time through annual saving in their electricity
The ministry also intends to announce a similar tender for
replacing air conditioners in the near future, Landau added, reminding members
of the public that they will soon be able to purchase three energy-saving light
bulbs for NIS 20, at a location to be announced shortly.
refrigerator replacement project joins two other similar ministry programs, in
which 680 refrigerators were recently provided to families of limited means, and
an additional NIS 50m. was spent on replacing fridges for people receiving
guaranteed minimum wage or income support, the ministry said.