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Commercial Refrigeration

The low down….Commercial Refrigerators and Freezers.

Saving, storing, preserving, holding, keeping.

These are words associated with commercial refrigeration. Unfortunately these words do not refer to how this vital equipment uses costly energy. Ouch! But..Manufactures have made progress in cooling these big boxes thirst for energy. Ahhhh!

And…EPA’s Energy Star program keeps their third party eye on the whole process. They confirm prized ratings for manufactures who are working toward higher equipment efficiencies.
The Energy Star rating is where you should start your search for the right refrigeration equipment .

What can ENERGY STAR labeled commercial Refrigerators, Freezers, Merchandisers, Undercounter refrigerators and freezers, prep tables, milk coolers, and save me?

Energy Star

According to experts at EPA:

“ENERGY STAR labeled commercial solid door refrigerators and freezers are more energy efficient because they are designed with components such as ECM evaporator and condenser fan motors, hot gas anti-sweat heaters, or high-efficiency compressors, which will significantly reduce energy consumption and utility bills."

Compared to standard models, ENERGY STAR labeled commercial solid door refrigerators and freezers can lead to energy savings of as much as 35% with a 1.3 year payback. By buying commercial solid door refrigerators and freezers, purchasers can expect to save $170 annually per refrigerator and $120 per freezer.

Looking at the big picture of benefits to all of us, EPA says…

“Replacing all existing commercial solid door refrigerators and freezers in the US with ENERGY STAR labeled models would result in savings of almost $250 million per year, or roughly 25% of the energy consumed by models currently on the market — the equivalent of eliminating the emissions from 475,000 cars.”

Refrigerators, although turned "on" all the time, cycle on and off at a rate that depends on several factors. These factors include:

• room temperature,
• freezer temperature,
• how well the unit is insulated,
• how often the door is opened,
• cleanliness of the coil,
• whether it is defrosted regularly,
• and the condition of the door seal.

The harder your refrigerator has to work to maintain a constant temperature, the more energy it will use.

Considering that…

Commercial and industrial users of foodservice equipment, like restaurants, have a median annual bill for electricity and natural gas of roughly $161 per restaurant seat – the savings gained from ENERGY STAR qualified equipment can make a big difference. Leveraging rebates from utility companies and state agencies across the country can lead to even larger savings.

Our conclusion:
Energy experts say you can also save by:

• Selecting a refrigeration unit with multi doors…
• Solid door over glass door…
• Bottom mounted compressors over top mounted…

But the simpler truth is… the single most important thing to do is choose the commercial refrigeration model from our trusted brands, in the size you need, that uses the least amount of energy possible.

You can’t go wrong with that Greener Choice.

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