The Energy Star label for refrigerated vending machines is now available for thousands of vending machines rebuilt and re-installed with more efficient components, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced. The new Energy Star specification is expected to save end users more than $2 million in the first year alone.
The press release from the EPA states:
Initially, Energy Star qualified rebuilt machines will potentially be an average of 40% more efficient than conventional models. Each machine can save end users an average of 1,600 kWh and $130 a year on their utility bills. On July 1, 2007, when more stringent Energy Star requirements become effective, Energy Star qualified rebuilt vending machines will potentially be 50% 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 3 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 non-energy related changes such as fixing any damages 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.
President Bush and EPA are working to change the way America powers its homes, businesses and automobiles by promoting common sense conservation measures like the Energy Star program. Products that have earned the Energy Star label save energy and prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the EPA and U.S. Department of Energy.
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