Monday, September 29, 2008

DOE Uses Reuse Art to Promote Recycling

The U.S. Department of Energy recently kicked off its Recycle My Old Fridge Campaign, to encourage citizens to replace their old, energy inefficient refrigerators with more modern, efficient models, and to recycle the old appliances. According to a news release dated 8/27/08, the DOE states "If Americans replaced all pre-1993 refrigerators with ENERGY STAR models, the saved energy could generate enough power for more than 8.1 million homes yearly and save the consumers more than $4.7 billion."

As part of the campaign, the DOE held a special exhibit at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. of refrigerators transformed into works of art by students, consumers, organizations, artists, utility companies and retailers. The exhibit ran from August 25 to September 2, but if you missed out on seeing it live, you can still check out all the cool works of reuse refrigerator art on the campaign web site. My personal favorites are the slot machine and the football player.

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