5 facts about your old mercury-filled thermostat
byon December 10, 2013
Are you installing a new ecobee thermostat soon? That’s great news!
But after your install, please make sure to recycle your old mercury-filled thermostat properly, because it can be very harmful to you and to our environment.
5 facts about your old mercury-filled thermostat:
- Mercury thermostats contain approximately 2.5-10 grams of mercury. (Switchthestat.ca)
- One mercury-containing home thermostat has the capacity to contaminate a 20-acre lake. (Earth 911)
- Mercury can inhibit the development of the brain and nervous system in young children and women of child-bearing age. (Wikipedia.org/Mercury_poisoning)
- When mercury enters our environment, it becomes part of the food chain for all living organisms. Mercury does not break down, so it builds up in fish, birds and people. (Maine.gov)
- There are 12 states where it is illegal to dispose of a mercury thermostat any other way than by recycling: California, Iowa, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, New Hampshire, Oregon, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Vermont. (Thermostat WiFi)
Looking for a drop-off location near you? No problem!
US residents: Find a public drop-off location with the Thermostat Recycling Corporation.
Canadian residents: Find a public drop-off location through the Switch the Stat program.