Office of Sustainability
According to the 2007 Energy Star Partner Resource Guide, “a new Energy Star qualified refrigerator uses less than half as much energy as one made prior to 1993. New models use less energy than a 75-watt light bulb.” In addition, “because they use less energy, Energy Star qualified refrigerators help reduce air pollution and greenhouse gases caused by burning fossil fuels.”
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 and 45 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MT-CO2) per year.