Winner gets $1,000
So far this year, JACO Environmental in Northeast Portland has recycled 20,000 old, energy-inefficient refrigerators.
Part of that boost is from Energy Trust's 'Oldest Fridge Contest' that kicked off in September and concluded in early November.
Cosponsored with Portland General Electric and Pacific Power, the contest brought in 2,500 refrigerators from around the state. In addition to the agency's regular $50 incentive for pickup, Energy Trust offered $1,000 toward the purchase of an Energy Star-certified replacement model.
Phyllis Greer, 78, of Coquille, took first prize in the contest for her 1937 General Electric model. Her parents passed along the old chiller when Phyllis married in 1952. She'd replaced the old gal with new models, but kept her in the basement for the occasional watermelon and seasonal storage.
'While they may seem handy as a backup in the basement or garage, or even nostalgic,' says Matt Braman, residential program manager for Energy Trust, 'most are not worth the ongoing cost to keep around.'