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Self-contained, Commercial Refrigerators and Freezers

Purchasing Tips

  1. Select the right type – a model with solid, opaque doors uses half the electricity of a model with glass doors and interior display lighting.

  2. Choose the right size – match refrigerator size and use. Oversized refrigerators cost more, but also waste energy if you do not use them to capacity.

  3. Choose models with profitable, energy-saving features – some of the features will save enough energy to be worth considering. On Table 4, see the simple payback time for certain energy-saving features. The energy-saving features with the shortest payback are the most profitable.

  4. Look at minimum energy efficiency regulations for self-contained commercial refrigerators and freezers. Canada has proposed a new regulation covering the minimum-energy efficiency for self-contained, commercial refrigerators and freezers (previously called commercial reach-in, food service refrigerators and freezers) offered for sale or lease in Canada. On April 1, 2007, the regulation becomes effective and will apply to refrigerators or freezers produced or imported into Canada after that date. See the details on the Web.

    The new Canadian performance limits will be the same as the California Tier 1 and Tier 2 levels. As larger refrigerators and freezers use more energy, these limits depend on the cabinet volume. For 24 cu ft, 48 cu ft and 72 cu ft refrigerators and freezers, Table 3 shows the maximum annual energy use. Many models in the market already perform better than the limits demand. Look for these superior units.

  5. Look for ENERGY STAR® labelled commercial solid door refrigerators and freezers – ENERGY STAR qualified commercial solid door refrigerators and freezers use ECM evaporator and condenser fan motors, hot gas anti-sweat heaters, or high efficiency compressors. These make them more energy efficient. These will greatly reduce energy use and utility bills. Compared to standard models, ENERGY STAR qualified commercial solid door refrigerators and freezers can save up to 45 percent with a payback period between one and two years. ENERGY STAR qualified units are beginning to appear in Canada.

ENERGY STAR technical specifications for solid door refrigerators and freezers for manufacturers