The Importance of Energy Star Rated Refrigeration Appliances For Your Business

There are several heavy deciding factors when purchasing a walk-in cooler or refrigerator for your business, but across the board one of the biggest deciding factors is price. Many times the only cost that is taken into account is the upfront cost to purchase and install the walk-in unit, but an often neglected and overlooked price point is the average monthly operating costs for said walk-in unit. A cheaper walk-in unit may have components that are significantly more energy consuming that a more expensive unit that has energy efficient components. In these situations it can actually be cheaper over time to purchase the more expensive energy efficient walk-in unit rather than the cheaper walk-in unit with a more expensive monthly cost of running. One of the most popular and respected energy efficient ratings is the Energy Star rating, a common rating used in both residential and commercial appliances.

Energy Star ratings are designated by the government-ran Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA is strict when it comes to how they give out Energy Star ratings and therefore it is a highly respected product rating. In order to be considered Energy Star certified an appliance must meet the following criteria.

  • Product categories must contribute significant energy savings nationwide.
  • Certified products must deliver the features and performance demanded by consumers, in addition to increased energy efficiency.
  • If the certified product costs more than a conventional, less-efficient counterpart, purchasers will recover their investment in increased energy efficiency through utility bill savings, within a reasonable period of time.
  • Energy efficiency can be achieved through broadly available, non-proprietary technologies offered by more than one manufacturer.
  • Product energy consumption and performance can be measured and verified with testing.

Because of the requirements it is almost a guarantee that if you spend the extra money to go with a Energy Star walk-in unit that you are going to wind up saving money in the long run. According to the EPA the average Energy Star walk-in unit uses upwards of 40% less energy than standard, non-Energy Star walk-ins with similar specs. In addition to the monthly savings you may see form an Energy Star appliance there are also rebates and tax credits that you can earn by using more energy efficient appliances in your commercial kitchen space. HoodMart provides our customers with a wide range of walk-in coolers and freezers - as well as all walk-in accessories such as door hinges, kick plates, and light fixtures. HoodMart Walkin Coolers are Guaranteed To Pass ALL City & State Codes. ALL HoodMart® Walk-In Coolers and Freezers are UL Listed Panels and Doors, NSF Listed, EISA & U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Compliant, and Listed and Certified for all States, including City of Houston, State of Oregon, New York City. Custom Hurricane Approved Units Available. If you still have questions regarding the purchase of your walk-in cooler or freezer, please feel free to contact one of our experts today by calling us at 1.800.715.1014 or by contacting us through our live chat system.