Oldest fridge in Wis. could win $1,000 in contest

UPDATED Tuesday, July 30, 2013--6:30p.m.
MADISON--Recycling old, inefficient refrigerators can save around 1,000 kilowatt hours a year--per unit. Not to mention cutting back on greenhouse gas emissions. "The green house gas emissions are equivalent to taking two cars off the road," explained Rich Marshall, of Focus on Energy.

A Focus on Energy contest seeks to haul-in around 16,000 old models. If they hit that goal, that'll be like taking 32,000 cars off the road this year. "We're trying to look for the oldest fridge but what we're really doing is trying to make people aware of the program and the importance of recycling older inefficient appliances," said Marshall.

That means they'll pay you to recycle your old fridge. They're offering a $50 reward to everybody who participates. And if you turn in the state's oldest model, you'll get a $1,000 prize.

"We'll recycle anything, but the typical type of refrigerator we're getting for the program, aside from the oldest fridge contest, is those 70s 80s type refrigerators and those are the ones that use a lot of energy," said Marshall.

If you're using an older model, you're likely spending more on electricity than you would with a new unit. "Now we're looking at a refrigerator in the, you know, the range of you know $41 a year......so you're less than $5 a month," said Dennis Egbert, a co-owner of Brothers Main Appliance store. "We see a lot of those old ones if they meter them are $20 a month to run."

That's because the technology is much more efficient these days. "Modern Energy Star refrigerators...use roughly three times less energy than those 50s 60s refrigerators did," said Marshall.

Posted Friday, July 26, 2013 --- 9:18 a.m.

FRANKLIN, Wis. (AP) -- The old refrigerator in your garage or basement could be worth $1,000.

Wisconsin's Focus on Energy program is offering $1,000 to the person who turns in the oldest refrigerator in the state. The contest is meant to encourage households to recycle old, energy-inefficient appliances.

Thus far, it has collected about 11,000 refrigerators. The goal is to recycle 16,000.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports about 20 percent of Wisconsin homes have a second refrigerator and many are energy wasters.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

For more information on the contest and Focus on Energy, click HERE.

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