10/29/2014

ATHENS ARTIST TRANSFORMS VINTAGE REFRIGERATOR INTO ART FOR AEP OHIO

GAHANNA, Ohio, Oct. 28, 2014 — As a way to educate customers about its Appliance Recycling Program, AEP Ohio, a unit of American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP), has selected Athens artist, Teresa Sager, to turn an inefficient refrigerator into a work of art.

The AEP Ohio Appliance Recycling Program is part of the company’s initiative to help customers use less energy, decrease energy costs, conserve natural resources and protect the environment. AEP Ohio customers can earn a $50 rebate when they schedule their inefficient refrigerator or freezer to be recycled. AEP Ohio will pick up the appliance free of charge and haul it away.

The transformed refrigerator will make its first appearance at Nelsonville’s Starbrick Cooperative Gallery during Final Friday on the Square, Friday, Oct. 31, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m, and it will continue to be on display through late November.

“I loved the process of painting this refrigerator. It was amazing to see it evolve into something that will encourage others to recycle now, and in the future,” said Sager. “It will be difficult to look at this 1937 refrigerator and not smile.”

Sager has been creating art all of her life.  She specializes in mixed media and encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting.  By using a mixture of spray paint, acrylics, duct tape, collectible memorabilia and handmade paper, Sager transformed the refrigerator into a time capsule.  Viewers will be encouraged to bring items to place in the refrigerator through late November.

Recycling an old refrigerator or freezer can save up to $150 a year in energy costs, and helps protect the environment. For additional information about AEP Ohio’s energy efficiency programs, visit AEPOhio.com/WasteLess.

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AEP Ohio provides electricity to nearly 1.5 million customers of major AEP subsidiaries Ohio Power Company in Ohio.  AEP Ohio is based in Gahanna, Ohio, and is a unit of American Electric Power. News and information about AEP Ohio can be found at AEPOhio.com.

American Electric Power is one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, delivering electricity to more than 5 million customers in 11 states. AEP ranks among the nation’s largest generators of electricity, owning nearly 38,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S. AEP also owns the nation’s largest electricity transmission system, a 40,000-mile network that includes more 765 kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission systems combined. AEP’s transmission system directly or indirectly serves about 10 percent of the electricity demand in the Eastern Interconnection, the interconnected transmission system that covers 38 eastern and central U.S. states and eastern Canada, and approximately 11 percent of the electricity demand in ERCOT, the transmission system that covers much of Texas. AEP’s utility units operate as AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia and West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana and east and north Texas). AEP’s headquarters are in Columbus, Ohio. News releases and other information about AEP can be found at AEP.com.

 

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