Dallas, PA (October 2, 2012) – Judy Szychowski’s Frigidaire refrigerator started running the same year the United States entered World War II, and continued its cool marathon until May of 2012, when it was relieved of its energy-draining duty and retired as UGI’s oldest refrigerator.
The 1942 Frigidaire icebox came to Szychowski when she purchased a house in Dallas, Pennsylvania three years ago and discovered a time-capsule style 1940’s kitchen in the basement.
“It was like going back in time to the set of Leave it to Beaver,” said Szychowski. “It was complete with a six burner stove, all-metal kitchen set, and an old Frigidaire that still worked.”
After reading about the Oldest Fridge Contest, Szychowski decided to schedule a free pick up with UGI for a chance at winning the contest, which was also sponsored by Sears. In addition to the guaranteed $35 incentive that every customer receives for participating in the program, she also won a $250 Sears gift card for being the owner of the utility company’s oldest refrigerator.
Szychowski’s refrigerator was among the over 170 refrigerators picked up throughout UGI territory as a part of a joint program with utilities across Pennsylvania to seek out the state’s oldest fridge. The contest also helped remove hundreds of outdated, energy-draining devices from the electric grid. A Pittsburgh resident took the statewide prize with a 1937 General Electric refrigerator.
“Everyone is a winner with this program when they recycle an older, inefficient refrigerator or freezer. It pays off for them through the $35 incentive, and lower household energy use. It also pays off for the environment by keeping these old units out of landfills, and instead turned into recyclable materials,” said Brian Fitzpatrick, UGI’s Manager of Energy Efficiency Programs.
Despite the end of the contest, anyone can save money by having an energy guzzling relic in their garage or basement picked up for recycling. Owners of older refrigerators can save up to $150 dollars a year in energy costs and make some extra cash with a $35 incentive for choosing to recycle.
Participation is as simple as calling UGI at 877.270.3521 or by visiting www.theenergyguyatugi.com/recycle to schedule a time for a free home pick-up. To qualify, refrigerators and freezers must be in working condition and must be between 10 and 30 cubic feet in size — standard size for most models.
Units picked up through the program are transported to a local de-manufacturing facility operated by JACO Environmental. JACO employs a system that safely removes hazardous materials from the old energy-guzzlers, while reclaiming 95 percent of the appliances for re-use in manufacturing new products.
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