Georgia Power wins refrigerator art contest

Georgia Power’s slot machine fridge.

Georgia Power won “Judges Choice” in a nationwide call for old refrigerator units that have been recycled and converted to very creative works of art.

As part of the United States Department of Energy’s Energy Star Recycle My Old Fridge Campaign, Georgia Power’s “slot machine fridge” was selected among artwork submitted by students, institutions, utility companies, private organizations, and individual artists across the country.

The Energy Star Recycle My Old Fridge Campaign encourages Americans that own an old, inefficient refrigerator to save money, energy, and help the environment by recycling old refrigerators and, when a replacement is needed, buying a new Energy Star-qualified refrigerator.

Georgia Power predicts its customers have approximately 235,000 secondary refrigerators more than 10 years old.

Most of these secondary refrigerators are old, inefficient models and typically use 75 percent more energy than newer Energy Star models. If every household recycled that second refrigerator, the annual energy savings would be as much as 250 million kilowatt-hours each year.