Depending on how familiar you are with ENERGY STAR and ENERGY STAR qualified products, you may or may not know exactly what they are or what they can do for your business. When I first learned of ENERGY STAR, I had a vague understanding of what their goal was- I figured they simply tested products that would be less harmful for our environment and that kept greenhouse gases and resource use to a minimum. But the ENERGY STAR program does so much more than just give back to the planet. They work to provide the most efficient products that will save you or your business money on your cost of operation.
In 1992, the Environmental Protection Agency of the United States put the ENERGY STAR program in place, with the goal of reducing greenhouse emissions. The first products tested and labeled were computers and monitors and three years later, ENERGY STAR began rating office equipment and residential heating and cooling products. Today, ENERGY STAR has grown into a global force, with over 60 different categories, and over 5 billion ENERGY STAR products sold. Combined, families and business have saved almost 230 billion dollars, and kept greater than 1.7 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas out of the atmosphere.
At IceMachinesPlus.com, we are dedicated to offering a great selection of ice machines that have been approved by ENERGY STAR. These ice machines will help conserve energy and generally, cost much less to operate. They all must either meet or exceed ENERGY STAR’s strict standards. Scotsman Prodigy ice machines for example, are qualified because they require significantly less water and electricity to operate, yet they create the same amount of ice as competing models. Efficiency is key when it comes to ENERGY STAR.
While you may assume that any product that uses a small amount of our disposable resources may be ENERGY STAR qualified, this is not the case. The product must use these resources conservatively, but must also not sacrifice quality or performance. If you compare two ovens that use a reduced amount of energy to bake a batch of cookies, but one does it twice as fast (in the case of some convection ovens), then this one is likely to be ENERGY STAR qualified. ENERGY STAR is constantly tweaking and updating their standards as well, setting the bar higher and higher to ensure that they continuously represent only the most efficient products and appliances.
All in all, ENERGY STAR rated appliances will save your business money and keep your cost of operation down. There’s a reason so many manufacturers vie for qualification among ENERGY STAR’s ranks. These products are being sought out more and more by consumers, and ENERGY STAR’s brand notoriety has grown monumentally over the past 20 years. Another perk that owners of ENERGY STAR appliances enjoy is that some local utility companies provide additional rebates for the use of ENERGY STAR qualified products. They will actually give you money back for using ENERGY STAR qualified products. You can find companies that provide Energy Star rebates on Energy Star’s website. The next time you are looking to purchase a new ice machine or commercial restaurant equipment, be sure to ENERGY STAR qualified appliances, for your sake, and the sake of the planet.