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Upper Arlington woman ties to win Ohio’s Oldest Fridge contest

by on September 27, 2013

When Eleanore Naffziger’s refrigerator was made, Pluto had just been discovered and the Great Depression was underway.

refrigerator recycle_oldest fridge_2013Naffziger’s 1930 refrigerator has tied with a Cleveland area resident’s 1930 fridge for the title of Ohio’s Oldest Fridge.

Naffziger’s 1930 refrigerator is one of two winners in Ohio’s Oldest Fridge Contest, and the winner in AEP Ohio’s service territory. The Upper Arlington resident earned the prize after scheduling to have her 1930 General Electric model picked up for recycling through AEP Ohio’s refrigerator recycling program. In addition to the $1,250 prize, Naffziger also received the guaranteed $50 incentive that every customer receives for participating in the program.

When Naffziger purchased her home in 1972, the ancient refrigerator was already 42 years old. While still functioning when crews came to retrieve it for recycling, Naffziger had been using the refrigerator to store painting supplies.

This GE monitor top fridge originally sold for $300 back in 1930, according to

“I didn’t think those guys would be able to get that heavy thing out of the house, but they did!” Naffziger said.

Naffziger’s refrigerator was one of thousands of refrigerators and freezers picked up throughout Ohio during a joint effort between utilities to seek out the oldest functioning fridge in the state. In addition to uncovering the state’s oldest-working refrigerators, the campaign succeeded in saving the state a significant amount of energy by eliminating these and many more less-aged, but still outdated, devices from the electric grid.

All AEP Ohio customers can save money and earn a $50 incentive by recycling older, inefficient appliances. To participate in the program, call 1-877-545-4112, or visit

Each customer may have two units removed. Appliances to be recycled must be in working order, with inside measurements between 10 and 30 cubic feet — standard size for most models.

Recycling refrigerators and freezers creates many benefits for AEP Ohio customers and the environment. Many people don’t realize older refrigerators and freezers can use up to three times more energy than newer models built to higher energy-efficiency standards. By recycling, program participants can save up to $150 a year through lower electricity costs by not operating an older refrigerator or freezer.

Units picked up through the program are transported to an appliance recycling facility operated by JACO Environmental. JACO safely removes hazardous materials from the old energy-guzzlers, reclaiming 95 percent of the materials in the appliances for reuse in manufacturing new products. Even the foam insulation is safely incinerated to generate electricity.

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