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Opt for high-efficiency refrigeration
Energy use isn’t just about how much energy your equipment is using—it’s also about how efficiently it’s using it. Understanding how much energy your refrigeration systems use—and when it might be time to replace them—is essential in keeping your energy costs as low as possible.
Consider this: Refrigeration may account for 16–18% of energy use in your business. And if you’re running a grocery store, that number can jump to 50%. However, if you are, for example, a supermarket owner, just a 10% reduction in energy costs through new, efficient refrigeration equipment can increase your net profit margin by 16%.
Explore other ways you can help reduce your refrigeration energy use and costs.
Tips for reducing your refrigeration energy use
- Think before you open. The longer a refrigerator door remains open, the more cool air you’ll lose, causing the motor to run more often.
- Test the tightness of the door seal on refrigerators and freezers. If the seal doesn't tightly hold a dollar bill when the door is closed, it's probably time to adjust or replace the gasket.
- Set refrigerator temperatures at 40° F and freezers at 0° F for greatest efficiency.
Analyze and manage your energy use
Is your business on interval metering? Find out how much energy you’re using and how you can lower your use—and costs—with our PowerProfiler tool.