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AEP Ohio customer ties to win $1,250 prize for 1930 refrigerator in Ohio’s Oldest Fridge contest

by on October 8, 2013

(Story by Fay White)

When Eleanore Naffziger’s refrigerator was made, Pluto had just been discovered and the Great Depression was under way. Naffziger’s 1930 refrigerator has tied with a Cleveland area resident’s 1930 fridge for the title of Ohio’s Oldest Fridge.

Dave Tabata (left), AEP Ohio manager of consumer programs, presents Eleanore Naffziger, Upper Arlington resident, with a check for $1,250 for recycling Ohio’s oldest refridgerator, a 1930 General Electric model.

Naffziger’s 1930 refrigerator is one of two winners in Ohio’s Oldest Fridge Contest, and the winner in AEP Ohio’s service territory.

She 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.

“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succeeded in saving the state a significant amount of energy by eliminating these and many more less-aged, but still outdated, devices from the electric grid.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, AEP Ohio customers can simply call 1-877-545-4112, or visit

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

The program is limited to the removal of two units per household. 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.

AEP Ohio encourages consumers to take advantage of all cost-saving measures. There are programs and incentives to make your whole house energy efficient. Go to to learn more.

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  1. Bill Kahle permalink

    Interesting article about the 1930 refrigerator.

    A while back AEP picked up a working Admiral freezer, model 14V65-1, SN 2269280 that was purchased new in 1956 by my grandparents. I still have the sales receipt from Kurber Electric, 530 W. Sycamore St., Columbus Grove, Ohio. Phone #131 It was sold to Albert Kahle, Ottawa, Ohio on 6-1-1956 for $300 + $9 tax, a lot of money back then. That would be $2647.27 in todays dollar. Interesting.

    J.W. Kahle Bucyrus, OH Retired 2007  Sent from my wired Commodore 64


  2. I hope this refrigerator is put in a museum somewhere and not destroyed.

  3. John Hill permalink

    Please tell me that you did not destroy this rare GE DR 2 Monitor Top refrigerator..

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