shutterstock_77325445Energy use in refrigeration is huge. It counts for as much as 20% of all energy used worldwide. For this reason alone, it is not unbelievable that the US government has a whole division of the Department of Energy dedicated to lowering the energy used through refrigeration.  By lowering the energy used, there would be less energy consumption.  Consumption generates CO2 emissions, which helps contribute to global warming. Plus saving energy can save you money, a win for you and the environment.

If you own a supermarket, you know that your refrigeration system can equal to about half of all your energy costs. Restaurant owners only about 15-20% of your energy costs come from refrigeration.  Whereas convenience stores run somewhere in between the two.  Overall it’s a large chunk of change you pay out every month for refrigeration.  With a few simple tips, you can increase efficiency and save some money.

With modern technology energy efficiency has increased by around 10-15% according to the DOE, but still has a long way to go before it is up to where they want it to be. Condenser coils need to be kept clean and may even need degreased. They should be inspected once a month. Make sure the seals on the doors are working correctly.  If you notice any fogging or frosting on the glass this may be indicator that this needs addressed. Commercial ice machines or ice makers need to be kept clean and serviced at least bi annually but quarterly is even better.

Talk to your refrigeration specialists in Wentzville about upgrades available for walk in coolers and freezers that can also reduce the energy consumption. These micro computers may be able to save you as much as 10-20%. These can also extend the life of your compressor.  The initial costs for preventive maintenance will be paid back by the new running costs of your much more efficient machines.