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
PerformanceBest AvailableENERGY STARLess Efficient
Annual Ice Production100,000 lb100,000 lb100,000 lb
Energy Consumption Rate6.8 kWh/100 lb7.0 kWh/100 lb9.8 kWh/100 lb
Annual Energy Use6,800 kWh/year7,000 kWh/year9,800 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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