Energy Management needs your help to identify inefficient residential style refrigerators and freezers on campus. Units that meet program requirments will qualify for subsidized replacement with a new ENERGY STAR model.
Thanks to engineering improvements in modern refrigerators / freezers and inefficiencies caused by wear and tear, the energy savings associated with replacing old appliances can be dramatic. For example, replacing a 1980's model 22 cubic foot refrigerator/freezer with a new ENERGY STAR qualified model would save the university more than $850 in electricity costs over five years! Energy Management hopes to capitalize on savings like these wherever possible.
Here's how the refrigerator exchange program works:
1. Staff and faculty can register innefficient refrigerators / freezers on the It All Adds Up website.
2. The energy consumption of each refrigerator/ freezer will be measured and compared to an ENERGY STAR model to determine the annual energy cost savings of replacement.
3. Energy Management will contribute up to five (5) times the annual energy cost savings towards the purchase of a new refrigerator / freezer.
4. Departments will be notified if Energy Management's contribution does not cover the entire purchase price and how much they will be required to contribute to replace the unit. If the department agrees to contribute, Energy Management will arrange to have the new refrigerator/freezer delivered and the old unit removed and properly processed.
EXAMPLE: If Energy Management determines the annual cost savings associated with replacing a departmental refrigerator or freezer to be $75, they will contribute five times that amount, or $375, towards its replacement. If the cost for new ENERGY STAR model replacement comes to $500, the department receiving the replacemenrt would be required to pay the additional $125.
If your department suspects its refrigerator or freezer is an "Energy Hog," please register today.