Commercial ice machines are a relative newcomer to the ENERGY STAR collection of commercial appliances, but they are still held to the same high standards. Ice machines with ENERGY STAR ratings are air-cooled and produce cube ice. They can be modular, self-contained or remote-cooled. These ice machines can save their owners up to $100 per year.
When purchasing a new ice machine, look for features such as “harvest assist” and programmable controls. Harvest assist pushes frozen cubes off the ice racks, making the cycles shorter, thus using less energy. Programmable controls allow the user to select times when they want more or less ice made, saving energy when the machine is not in use.