What’s tall, white, keeps your food cold, and steals your money? You probably won’t guess that one, so we’ll tell you: a slot machine/refrigerator combo. No, it’s not the brainchild of some gambling-mad inventor. In fact, it’s not even functional. The slot game fridge was the award-winning entry in the U.S. Department of Energy’s ENERGY STAR Recycle My Old Fridge contest, dreamed up by the Georgia Power electric company. The online slot machine industry buzzed with the description of the winning refrigerator, which was decked out to look like a Vegas slot machine.
The recycled refrigerator was jazzed up with “brushed aluminum framing” on its exterior, and decorated with “vinyl vehicle decals” on the sides to add theming elements. It was even fitted with a real slot machine token tray flowing with slot game token coins. By all means, this was one really cool refrigerator – if you’ll pardon the pun. The fridge was selected from among many national entries as the contest winner, and was displayed for a week at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., during the Department of Energy’s ENERGY STAR The Art of Recycling exhibition.
Georgia Power tied its winning entry into its “jackpot of energy savings” campaign designed to encourage state residents to upgrade their old refrigerators in favor of more energy-efficient models. Promo materials tied in to the slot machine fridge tell residents that they could save as much as one hundred dollars a year on their power bills by recycling their old fridges in favor of ENERGY STAR-approved models.