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Refrigerator Exchange Program
APPLICATION PERIOD CLOSED AS OF AUGUST 15, 2014.

New No-Cost Energy Star Refrigerators Provided to
Low- and Moderate-income Households

The Refrigerator Exchange Program (REP), a special initiative of Frederick County ‘s Green Homes Challenge, provided eligible customers with a free, brand new, energy efficient, ENERGY STAR® rated refrigerator in exchange for a qualified less efficient model manufactured in or before 2001. All exchanged refrigerators are being collected and recycled in a comprehensive and environmentally-sound manner by JACO Environmental, Inc.  

Refrigerators were available on a 
first-come, first-served basis and the program ran as long as funding lasted -- until August 15, 2014. The REP is funded through grants from the Maryland Energy Administration and will help the state meet its goal of reducing per-capita energy use by 15% by 2015.


Available Whirlpool brand models included:

Size

Color

SKU #

Efficiency Rating

15 cu ft

Black

W5TXEWFWB

ENERGY STAR

15 cu ft

White

W5TXEWFWQ

ENERGY STAR

18 cu ft

Black

W8TXEGFYB

ENERGY STAR

18 cu ft

White

W8TXEGFYQ

ENERGY STAR

19 cu ft

Black

WRT359SFYB

CEE Tier 3***

19 cu ft

White

WRT359SFYW

CEE Tier 3***

21 cu ft

Black

WRT371SZBB

CEE Tier 3

21 cu ft

White

WRT371SZBW

CEE Tier 3

*** Most energy efficient model; more shelf flexibility

 Eligibility:
 Refrigerator

Results:

As of August 15, 2014, 235 REP applications were approved and 115 new refrigerators have been installed with many more on the way!

Questions? Email Lisa Orr at


















  • You must be a Frederick County resident, or a landlord/property manager serving low-to-moderate income County residents.
  • Your, or your tenant's, primary refrigerator must be a 2001 model or older, a minimum of 14 cubit feet in size, and fully operational.
  • You must be a registered participant in Frederick County's Green Homes Challenge. Get started!
  • Your, or your tenant's, total household income must be less than 85% of median income for Frederick County based on family size. If your total annual income is less that the incomes listed below for your household size, your are eligible:
         

1-Person Household

2-Person Household

3-Person Household

4-Person Household

5-Person Household

6-Person Household

7-Person Household

8-Person Household

$63,900

$73,000

$82,100

$91,200

$98,500

$105,800

$113,150

$120,450


 Rationale:

Do you have high electric bills? An older refrigerator could be a big part of the problem,  especially because refrigerators run  all day and all night.  Refrigerators manufactured before 2001 use a lot more energy than today’s Energy Star models.

In the past 10 years alone, refrigerators have become 50% more efficient! Using an Energy Star®  refrigerator over 10 years could save your family $500 - $2,000 depending on the age of your current refrigerator. To calculate your savings more accurately, try out this Energy Star  Refrigerator Retirement Savings Calculator.



 

  Fridge Energy Use Graph