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BUSINESS BEAT: Coldwater BPU announces winner of Oldest Refrigerator Contest

The Coldwater Board of Public Utilities has announced Susan Sharp as the winner of the Oldest Refrigerator in Coldwater Contest. Her 1989 GE refrigerator came with the purchase of her home and has been in use every day since. Her contest winnings were comprised of a free home energy audit and a $750 Home Depot gift card to be used towards an ENERGY STAR® rated refrigerator.

Sharp recycled the 25 year old fridge and purchased a brand new ENERGY STAR® rated Maytag EcoConserve®. Her new energy efficient refrigerator will use an average of 392 kWh annually compared to her previous model, which averaged around 1590 kWh per year (this makes for an annual savings of around 1198 kWh, or (market depending) roughly $125). In fact, the Maytag EcoConserve® refrigerator that Sharp purchased operates 30% more efficient than minimum federal energy standards require and its actual energy use is less than that of a 60-watt light bulb running continuously for a year.

“I am very excited to have won the contest,” said Sharp. “Rather than paying an extra $100 or so for my electric bill, I can put that money towards something fun.”

The CBPU’s Simply Efficient energy efficiency program exists to assist individuals and businesses in lowering their power bills by providing technical assistance and financial incentives for equipment and systems that improve electrical efficiency. For a look at their rebate offers, recycling programs, energy audits and much more, visit www.coldwater.org or call Bob Granger, Energy Efficiency Manager at (517)279-9531.