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Subject:  Re: Oldest Fridge Contest Date:  11/6/2011  4:21 PM
Author:  sykesix Number:  37870 of 63271

I'm not surprised that guy was in Coquille. That's like the Land that Time Forgot down there. Anyway, tele wrote:

ANd of course, in TX there is 8.75% sales tax on top of that. Likely Loews will take away your frig, but charge you a $50 recycling fee to get rid of that 'toxic' refrigerant. And don't forget delivery , too.

You're getting ripped off. Nearly every part of a refrigerator can be recycled except for the gasket. Refrigerators contain pricey copper wiring and tubing which has value on the scrap market. In most cases even Freon can be recycled and re-sold. In Seattle, a company will actually pay you $30 for old, working refrigerators. And they'll come and take it away for free.

https://www.jacoinc.net/weborder/rebatex.aspx?ProgramID=6

I bought a new refrigerator three or four years ago at Sears. IIRC, they waived the delivery fee if I signed up for a Sears card. I believe I got a rebate from my utility company too.

I used the calculator at this site to estimate my current refrigerator's energy cost,

http://www.kouba-cavallo.com/refmods.htm

His website navigation kinda sucks but he also has a quick and easy calculator to calculate the payback time, as well as an estimator of your current refrigerator's energy consumption.

I can't remember what my payback time was was, but it was a reasonably short period of time. Combined with the rebate and payment for my old frige, the refrigerator replacement was very cost effective.

I can kinda see SP's attachment for old refrigerators the way some people like old cars, I suppose. But it is a fairly expensive hobby. Tele might as well be taking a blow torch to his money for all the good it does him.
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