WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Energy Star label for refrigerated vending machines is now available for thousands of vending machines rebuilt and reinstalled with more efficient components, EPA announced recently. The new Energy Star specification is expected to save end users more than $2 million in the first year alone.
Initially, Energy Star qualified rebuilt machines will potentially be an average of 40 percent more efficient than conventional models. Each machine can save end users an average of 1,600 kWh and $130 a year on their utility bill. On July 1, 2007, when more stringent Energy Star requirements become effective, Energy Star qualified rebuilt vending machines will potentially be 50 percent more efficient than conventional models and savings can increase to 1,900 kWh and $150 a year per machine.
Over the next five years, the specification will save almost $40 million and avoid greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to the emissions of more than 50,000 cars.
Today, more than three million refrigerated beverage vending machines are installed and operating within the United States. These machines typically run 24 hours a day and collectively consume more than 10 billion kWh/year. Brand new refrigerated vending machines that meet Energy Star qualifications have been eligible to use the Energy Star label since 2004.
Rebuilt machines represent a large portion of vending machines placed on-site each year. Every vending machine undergoes a refurbishment process at least two to three times during its lifetime. Refurbishment includes fixing any damage or installing new side/front panels or a new coin box. The refurbishment process also provides an opportunity to rebuild the machine using energy-efficient upgrades such as a new high-efficiency compressor, evaporator fan, and/or lighting system.
Products that have earned the Energy Star label save energy and prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy. Last year alone, Americans, with the help of Energy Star, saved $12 billion on their energy bills and prevented greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of 23 million vehicles.
See Energy Star.