Space Heater Exchange Program

Due to University policy and the shift to online classes surrounding COVID-19 concerns, the Space Heater Exchange Program has been placed on hold.

Please keep in touch, and look for updates to emerge regarding the possible continuation of this program in the future. For more info on COVID-19, please refer to the University of Utah Department of Public Safety webpage.

Thank you for your understanding.

We are excited to announce our new Space Heater Exchange Program.

With a focus on reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions while maintaining personal comfort levels across our campus, we hope you'll join us. For every personal space heater brought in as part of this program, University faculty, staff and interns can choose between an energy-efficient or plush non-electric blanket. Blankets are also available for purchase without trade-in.

Electric Throw Option

Non-Electric Plush Throw Option

Personal space heaters are energy drains and greenhouse gas emitters that affect the air we breathe. By switching to an electric throw, you'll make an immediate difference.

These electric throws use 90% less energy than a typical portable electric space heater! Energy savings also result in less greenhouse gas emissions. Using a typical portable electric space heater for 8 hours produces carbon dioxide equivalent to driving 20.7 miles in an average passenger vehicle. To put this in perspective, by switching from a space heater to an electric throw, you'll save the air equivalency of a trip from the University campus to the border of Idaho - every week!

Our exchange program is open to all faculty, staff and interns who wish to trade in their portable electric space heaters. Throws are free with trade-in of space heater, or throws can be purchased for $20 for non-electric and $30 for electric.

If your electric throw malfunctions or if issues arise, please email for a free replacement. As per University regulations, electric throws must be plugged directly into an outlet or an approved plug strip. Extension cords are not allowed. The throw must be turned off when not in use.