Work smarter, not harder, and save money with these energy-smart solutions.
Shift production to off-peak hours.
This is by far one of the easiest ways to lower your energy bill. When you shift production to off-peak hours such as during the evenings, you typically get better rates from your local energy company.
Place ice machine in a cool spot.
It may seem like common sense, but placing your ice machine next to an oven or a range will only force it to work harder. The harder it works the more energy it consumes. Keep your commercial ice machine in a well-ventilated area with an air temperature of 90º F or less or with an incoming water temperature no higher than 70ºF.
Delime on time.
Whenever the water flow in your commercial ice machine becomes restricted due to the build up of mineral deposits, your machine will take longer to run through its cycles. Routinely removing scales and deliming your commercial ice machine with acetic and phosphoric acid cleaners will keep it working hard and saving you money in energy expenses. Some models offer automatic cleaning units you can install to make the job even easier.
To keep your equipment performing efficiently and with the least amount of energy, establish a regular maintenance plan with these maitain and save tips.
Change water filters every six months.
Mineral deposits and slime growth on filters have a negative effect on ice production. Your machine has to work harder, and it uses more energy to produce less ice.
Use antimicrobial products inside your machine.
If your ice machine does not already have built-in antimicrobial features, consider purchasing antimicrobial sticks or pouches to put inside. Do not forget to replace these products every two to three months. The cleaner your ice machine, the more efficient it will be.
Sanitize your machine every six months.
If your commercial ice machine does not have an automatic cleaning system, empty it and clean it with sanitizing agents every six months to remove mineral deposits.
Saving energy dollars begins with choosing the right equipment. Learn which energy-smart features can save you the most money and help you to conserve electricity or gas with these shop smart & save energy dollars tips.
Look for the ENERGY STAR®.
Commercial ice machines that have earned the ENERGY STAR are approximately 15% more energy-efficient and 10% more water-efficient than their conventional counterparts. On top of that, ENERGY STAR qualified products can save up to $110 a year.
Choose an air cooled ice machine.
Ice machines are either air cooled or water cooled. When it comes to saving money, air cooled tops the charts. Using air to cool a condenser uses far less water and thus avoids obscenely high water bills. Air cooled machines work just as well and are usually priced the same as water cooled machines.
Consider your space.
Before purchasing, take a moment to consider where your ice machine will fit in your commercial kitchen. Many machines require significant side clearance in order for proper ventilation. Newer models are designed with air discharge on the top of the machine, making them ideal for tight spaces.
Go with programmable controls.
Producing ice during off-peak hours is a snap with this easy-to-use feature. Use the built-in, digital programmable controls to manage ice production with ease.
Choose bin level sensors.
Never let ice go to waste again. With bin level sensors, you can set your machine to make more or less ice, depending on your needs, and the sensors will automatically trigger the production of more ice.
Look for a 24/7 tech support line.
If your commercial ice machine does not come with this service, you may regret it. Check about availability of parts and follow-up support before you buy, not after.
Get the "harvest assist" feature.
The harvest assist feature helps ice overpower scale and gets the cubes off the racks and into the bin more quickly. As a result, the cycles are shorter and less energy is consumed.
Look for easy-clean features.
Some models feature removable components, color-coded parts and easy access to the interior to make cleaning easy. Some models also have built-in antimicrobial materials and other means to resist the growth of bacteria and reduce the need for sanitization.
Buy with capacity in mind.
Estimate your needs from an ice machine and buy the appropriate size. Equipment that is too large will have a higher initial cost in addition to a higher operating cost. Be aware of your needs before you purchase. » Learn More
Check for rebates.
Many types of energy-efficient commercial kitchen equipment have rebates available from utility companies. It pays to check with your local utility provider since rebates can cut a significant portion off your initial cost.