Tips and Tricks – February 2017

Make a Cost-Effective Purchase: Save More than $1,600 by Buying ENERGY STAR

FEMP has calculated that the required ENERGY STAR-qualified air-cooled ice machine saves money if priced no more than $1,620 above the less efficient model. The best available model saves up to $1,740. Table 1 compares three types of air-cooled ice machines and calculates the lifetime cost savings of purchasing efficient models. Federal purchasers can assume products that meet ENERGY STAR efficiency requirements are life cycle cost-effective.

Table 1. Lifetime Savings for Efficient Air-Cooled Ice Machine Models
Performance Best Available ENERGY STAR Less Efficient
Annual Ice Production 100,000 lb 100,000 lb 100,000 lb
Energy Consumption Rate 6.8 kWh/100 lb 7.0 kWh/100 lb 9.8 kWh/100 lb
Annual Energy Use 6,800 kWh/year 7,000 kWh/year 9,800 kWh/year
Annual Energy Cost $612 $630 $882
Lifetime Energy Cost $3,940 $4,060 $5,680
Lifetime Energy Cost Savings $1,740 $1,620 ======
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