Is Your Business Prepared for the New Commercial Refrigeration Efficiency Standards?
It’s hard to believe that it’s already been two years since the Department of Energy announced new efficiency standards for commercial refrigeration equipment. The new efficiency standards established in 2014 updated the Energy Department’s 2009 standards and will reduce energy consumption. Solid-door “reach-in” refrigerators and freezers will see a more than 40% reduction, where glass-door supermarket refrigerator and freezer cases will see a 28% and 12% reduction, respectively. The new efficiency standards are part of a 30 year plan to cut carbon pollution and save businesses on their energy bills.
The DOE estimates that commercial refrigerators and freezers meeting the new standards sold over thirty years will reduce U.S. electricity consumption by 340 billion kilowatt hours and save businesses $12 billion. The standards will reduce CO2 emissions by 142 million metric tons, which is equivalent to the annual emissions of 30 million cars!
All said and done, these new standards go into effect on March 27, 2017.
Is your business prepared?
Since the new guidelines mandated by the DOE have affected the ENERGY STAR ratings of many product families, many have even lost their ENERGY STAR rating. So even if you have a product that came with an ENERGY STAR rating several years ago, that rating might have been revoked. To check for a full list of all currently rated products, go to ENERGY STAR’s website.
If you have any questions or you’re considering upgrading your equipment, Best Refrigeration Co., Inc., Sales & Service carries world-class Hoshizaki Ice Machines that are ENERGY STAR rated and we would love to help. Please contact us to make sure your business is prepared for 2017!