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|Subject: Oldest Fridge Contest||Date: 11/6/2011 1:42 PM|
|Author: intercst||Number: 37861 of 85621|
PORTLAND — From Astoria to Ashland, Coos Bay to Enterprise, Energy Trust of Oregon has searched statewide to find Oregon’s Oldest Fridge, so it can be unplugged and recycled. It’s all part of Energy Trust’s Oldest Fridge Contest held this fall to raise awareness about a free service that can help residents unplug and recycle their older refrigerators and save hundreds on their energy bills.
With more than 2,500 fridges received by the nonprofit during the contest, the winner — a 1937 General Electric — was found humming away after seven decades in the basement of a Coquille, Oregon home, near the coast in the southern part of the state.
What Greer didn’t realize is that fridges built before 1993 can waste up to $200 a year in energy costs, compared to today’s more energy-efficient, ENERGY STAR® models, which average only $40 a year to operate.
Of course, the common Tea-Bagger with poor math skills would have just kept the old fridge in the basement and gloried in the "freedom" of pi$$ing away $160 of power each year.
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