The Department of Energy (DOE) has issued strong new efficiency standards to reduce energy consumption in refrigerators and freezers used in supermarkets, convenience stores, restaurants, and commercial kitchens.
Energy use can be reduced with available technologies including LED lighting and occupancy sensors, high-performance glass doors, and high-efficiency motors.
"DOE estimates that commercial refrigerators and freezers meeting the new standards sold over thirty years will reduce U.S. electricity consumption by about 340 billion kilowatt-hours and save businesses $12 billion. The new standards will also reduce CO2emissions by 142 million metric tons, which is equivalent to the annual emissions of 30 million cars."
The new standards issued today will achieve large cost-effective energy savings compared to products meeting the initial standards. The new standards will reduce energy consumption by more than 40% for solid-door “reach-in” refrigerators and freezers, and by 28% and 12% for glass-door supermarket refrigerator and freezer cases, respectively.
These reductions in energy consumption will translate into big savings for businesses that purchase commercial refrigerators and freezers. The new standards for commercial refrigeration equipment will take effect in 2017.