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Old refrigerator contest offers up to $1,250 for winner

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Dayton Power & Light Co. is joining utilities throughout the state to kick off Ohio’s Oldest Refrigerator Contest. The winning customer gets a $1,250 prize for the state’s most ancient refrigerator or freezer.

To enter the contest, DP&L customers simply have to sign up to have their refrigerator or freezer picked up for free and recycled by calling 877-545-4112, or visiting dpandl.com/contest, from May through July. Refrigerators and freezers must be in working order and meet a minimum size requirement (standard kitchen size units usually qualify — see Web site for details).

The DP&L customer with the oldest refrigerator recycled during the contest will win $250, and will compete for the title of Ohio’s Oldest Refrigerator and another $1,000 award.

The winner will be announced in August.

Even if your old refrigerator doesn’t win, all customers who unplug and recycle an old, working refrigerator or freezer will earn a $35 incentive and can save up to $150 a year in energy costs. Dayton Power & Light’s recycling program and the $35 incentive is available year-round.

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

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