Sustainability at the University of Maryland

Refrigerator Replacement Program

Objective

The Refrigerator Replacement Program will reduce energy consumption at the University of Maryland  by offering departments an incentive to replace or decommission old refrigerators that are much less energy efficient than newer models.  This program is not only an opportunity to reduce energy consumption and costs, but also to decrease greenhouse gas emissions while improving the sustainability of the College Park campus.  By replacing 50 old refrigerators with new energy efficient models and removing another 20 refrigerators without replacement, this program is projected to save the university $10,000 per year .

Rebates

The Office of Sustainability will provide the following incentives to departments that replace or decommission refrigerators built before 2001:

Rebates for Replacement

  • $200 ($300 for Green Offices) to replace unit with Energy Star or CEE Tier 1 rating
  • $250 ($350 for Green Offices) to replace unit with CEE Tier 2 or 3 rating

Energy Reduction Award for Removal without Replacement

  • $300 ($400 for Green Offices) to decommission unit without replacing it

Requirements

Old Refrigerator Requirements

  • The old refrigerator or freezer being replaced must have been manufactured before 2001.  An estimate on your part – based on departmental records, visual inspection, or staff recollection – is acceptable.
  • The unit must be physically located on the College Park campus.
  • Privately owned units (property of students, faculty, or staff) are excluded.

New Refrigerator Requirements

  • The new equipment must be Energy Star or CEE rated.  There are many Energy Star and CEE models available. Click here for a complete list of qualified models.
  • The new equipment must be owned by the University.
  • The new equipment must have been manufactured within two years of the date of purchase.
  • The new equipment cannot be used to store flammable materials.  Special equipment is required for refrigerators and freezers to store flammable materials.

Requirement for Disposal of the Old Unit

  • If you are replacing a refrigerator with a new model, the new-equipment vendor must take and recycle the old refrigerator when they deliver the new one. 
  • If you are disposing of a refrigerator and not replacing it, then place a Work Order for Facilities Management to dispose of the old unit.  See https://www.facilities.umd.edu/sitepages/WOrequest.aspx
  • If you are disposing contents that pose potential chemical, biological, or radiological hazards, be sure to follow appropriate procedures.  Contact the Department of Environmental Safety by calling 301-405-3960.

How to Apply

Apply for your Rebate for Replacement

  • PRIOR to ordering a new refrigerator, email refrigerator-replacement@umd.edu, Subject: “Rebate for refrigerator replacement”
  • Provide your name and the name of your department.
  • Provide the year, manufacturer, model, and serial number of the unit you want to replace.  The label inside the fridge should contain this info.  If it does not include a year, an estimate on your part – based on departmental records, visual inspection, or staff recollection – is acceptable.
  • Provide the manufacturer and model of the Energy Star or CEE rated unit you want to purchase and indicate if it is an Energy Star, CEE Tier 1, 2 or 3 rated unit.
  • The deadline to apply is November 1, 2013.  Applications will be approved as they are received until all grant money is spent.  
  • Once you have approval, you may order a new Energy Star or CEE refrigerator from a vendor of your choosing. You must confirm with the vendor that they will take your old unit and recycle it.
  • Once the new unit is installed and the old unit has been removed for recycling, then send another email to refrigerator-replacement@umd.edu, provide a PDF copy of the invoice for the new unit, provide your department’s FRS number, indicate if your department is participating in the Green Office program, and FM will transfer your rebate:
          • $200 ($300 for Green Offices) to replace unit with Energy Star or CEE Tier 1 model
          • $250 ($350 for Green Offices) to replace unit with CEE Tier 2 or 3 model

Apply for your Energy Reduction Award for Disposal without Replacement

  • PRIOR to disposing of an old refrigerator, email refrigerator-replacement@umd.edu, Subject: “Energy reduction award for refrigerator disposal,” to let us know you plan to claim the award.
  • Provide your name and the name of your department.
  • Provide the year, manufacturer, model, and serial number of the unit you want to decommission.  The label inside the fridge should contain this info.  If it does not include a year, an estimate on your part – based on departmental records, visual inspection, or staff recollection – is acceptable.
  • The deadline to apply is November 1, 2013.  Applications will be approved as they are received until all grant money is spent.  
  • Once you have approval, place a Work Order at https://www.facilities.umd.edu/sitepages/WOrequest.aspx to schedule a time for Facilities Management to take your old refrigerator.
  • After the old unit has been removed, then send another email to refrigerator-replacement@umd.edu, provide the Work Order number used for disposal, provide your department’s FRS number, indicate if your department is participating in the Green Office program, include a pledge that your department will not add a refrigerator in the next three years, and FM will transfer your award of $300 ($400 for Green Offices).

Bonus for Green Offices

Departments participating in the Office of Sustainability's Green Office program will receive an additional $100 toward refrigerator replacement or decommissioning.  This bonus is designed to encourage more departments to join the Green Office program.  To qualify for the bonus, at least one office (unit) within the department must participate in a Green Office.  For more information on the program, visit www.greenoffice.umd.edu.   

Replace your Home Refrigerator, too!

Electric utility companies across Maryland and DC are offering rebates to replace residential refrigerators with Energy Star and CEE rated units, among other energy saving programs.  Pepco customers in Maryland and DC, visit http://www.pepco.com/energy/conservation/.  BGE customers, visit http://www.bge.com/waystosave/residential/savingsrebatesprograms/pages/default.aspx

More:

Green Energy Tips:

  • Turn off lights in hallways and bathrooms (especially at night!)
  • Switch to CFL lightbulbs
  • Turn your thermostat a few degrees up in the summer and down in the winter
  • Unplug electronics when not in use