PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The owners of two 1939 refrigerators have won a contest to identify the oldest refrigerators in Rhode Island.
National Grid and Sears sponsored the contest to highlight energy efficiency and a program that rewards the utility's customers for getting rid of old appliances.
The contest ended in a tie after Robert Midwood of Cranston and Edward Miracle of Greenville each turned in 73-year-old General Electric units. They both win a $1,000 gift card good toward the purchase of a newer model.
More than 3,400 appliances were picked up during the contest.
National Grid offers customers a $50 incentive if they allow their old refrigerator or freezer to be picked up for recycling.
The utility says older models consume as much as four times the energy of a newer unit.
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