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Participate in the Old Refrigerator Energy Awareness Contest at UW

April 8, 2013 — Those old refrigerators on the University of Wyoming campus waste energy, cost a lot of money to maintain and may even pose an ozone hazard.

Recognizing this, the UW Sustainability Committee has launched a friendly competition to get rid of those old refrigerators, and will reward a new Energy Star model refrigerator to the worst offender.

The committee presents some facts to show how old refrigerators waste money and increase the university’s climate footprint:

-- The Environmental Protection Agency reports that pre-1980 refrigerators use $177 worth of  electricity annually, while a new Energy Star model refrigerator will use $33 annually.

-- Old refrigerators most likely contain ozone-depleting CFCs that are especially dangerous to the ozone layer, and must be properly reclaimed.

To participate in the “Old Refrigerator” Energy Awareness Contest:

-- Take a picture and write a brief description of your UW-owned “Old Refrigerator” (made before 1990 and minimum capacity of 18 cubic feet).

-- Email submission by May 3 to Milton Geiger at:

By May 15, Campus Sustainability Committee members will select the worst offender to receive the new Energy Star model refrigerator.

-- The “Old Refrigerator” will be removed and recycled.

-- All entries will be offered free removal of unneeded units.

What you can do after the contest:

-- Consolidate refrigerators in offices, common spaces, kitchens and non-commercial lab spaces.

-- Remove and recycle UW refrigerators/freezers by calling the Physical Plant movers at 766-2409. To remove personal refrigerators, contact Rocky Mountain Power.

Old refrigerators cost money and waste energy.

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