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Commercial Refrigerators

Last Updated: 09/18/17 Click to see brand name products that meet these requirements

An appliance designed to keep all refrigerated compartments at or above 32°F (±2°F).

Life Cycle Cost Savings

For most applications, energy-efficient commercial refrigerators and freezers have the lowest life-cycle cost. For example, FEMP has estimated that an Energy Star-qualified 24-cubic-foot-capacity vertical solid-door commercial refrigerator can save a typical federal user $425 in energy costs over the life of the unit. In addition, EPA has estimated that the same Energy Star-qualified unit can avoid 760 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions each year.

An efficient product is cost effective when the energy costs saved over the life of the product exceed the additional upfront cost (if any) of the more efficient model. Energy Star considers both upfront costs and lifetime energy cost savings when setting required efficiency levels. Federal purchasers can assume that Energy Star-qualified products are life-cycle cost effective. On its Purchasing & Procurement page, Energy Star offers MS-Excel-based calculators to estimate how much money and energy you can save purchasing ENERGY STAR commercial kitchen equipment.

Guiding Principles
Contributes to meeting The Guiding Principles for High Performance and Sustainable Buildings
Additional Guidance

Solid door refrigerators and freezers are substantially more efficient than glass door models. Federal agencies should use solid door models as much as possible. (source: FEMP)

The Energy Star 4.0 specification for commercial refrigerators and freezers is scheduled to take effect on March 27, 2017. It includes the adoption of climate-friendly refrigerants. It applies to commercial freezers, commercial refrigerators, commercial refrigerator-freezers, and hybrids in the following equipment class designations:

a) Horizontal Closed Solid Self-Contained Low Temperature (HCS.SC.L)

b) Horizontal Closed Solid Self-Contained Medium Temperature (HCS.SC.M)

c) Horizontal Closed Transparent Self-Contained Low Temperature (HCT.SC.L)

d) Horizontal Closed Transparent Self-Contained Medium Temperature (HCT.SC.M)

e) Vertical Closed Solid Self-Contained Low Temperature (VCS.SC.L)

f) Vertical Closed Solid Self-Contained Medium Temperature (VCS.SC.M)

g) Vertical Closed Transparent Self-Contained Low Temperature (VCT.SC.L)

h) Vertical Closed Transparent Self-Contained Medium Temperature (VCT.SC.M).

Examples of product types that are eligible for qualification include: reach-in, roll-in, or passthrough units; merchandisers; under-counter units; hybrid units; milk coolers; back bar coolers; bottle coolers; glass frosters; deep well units; beer-dispensing or direct draw units; and bunker freezers.

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