Duke Energy looking for oldest working fridge

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Duke Energy is joining forces with utilities throughout the state to kick off Ohio's Oldest Refrigerator Contest and will pay a $1,250 prize for the state's most ancient refrigerator or freezer.

To enter the contest, Duke Energy customers simply have to schedule a FREE at-home pickup to have their refrigerator or freezer recycled by calling 855.398.6200 or visiting duke-energy.com/recycle, from May 1 through July 31, 2013.

Refrigerators and freezers must be in working order and meet a minimum size requirement.

The Duke Energy customer with the oldest refrigerator recycled during the contest will receive $250 and go on to compete for the title of "Ohio's Oldest Refrigerator" and another $1,000 award. The customer with the oldest refrigerator will be announced in August.

In addition to the contest, any customer who unplugs and recycles an old, working refrigerator or freezer will earn a $30 incentive and can save up to $150 a year in energy costs. While the contest for the $1,250 award is limited to May through July, the recycling program and the $30 incentive is available year-round through Duke Energy's appliance recycling program.

Typically, the appliances recycled through the program are older units that are used for extra food and drink storage in garages and basements. But the convenience of chilling extra beverages and leftovers can come at a steep price. Refrigerators manufactured before 1990 can use three times more electricity than newer ones.

"We want to help our customers take control of their energy usage and costs," John Langston, program manager for Duke Energy's appliance recycling program.  "This contest is a fun way to encourage this effort. We look forward to seeing the submissions from Duke Energy customers across Ohio."

Units picked up through the program are transported to advanced appliance recycling facilities in Ohio operated by JACO Environmental. JACO safely removes hazardous materials from the old energy-guzzlers, reclaiming 95 percent of the materials in the appliances for reuse in manufacturing new products. Even the foam insulation, frequently containing ozone-depleting CFC gas, is safely incinerated and converted to electricity.

Duke Energy Ohio's operations provide electric service to approximately 690,000 customers and natural gas service to approximately 400,000 customers.

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