According to the Carbon Trust, inefficient & wasteful use of refrigeration equipment can result in higher running costs, increased overall life-time cost of equipment and may affect the life of the unit. An efficiently used refrigeration system will save energy and therefore money; it could also improve standards of food safety and hygiene.EP 1440 G EcoPro G2 Refrigerator with glass door (+1°/+4°C)

What is the most important consideration when purchasing a new piece of refrigeration equipment?

  1. Capacity/Size?
  2. Warranty?
  3. Aftersales service?
  4. Capital Cost?
  5. Annual Running costs?
  6. Energy efficiency?

With the cost of energy on the increase, the energy efficiency and annual running costs of refrigeration equipment is becoming more and more important and should be considered against the capital cost of a unit. The initial cost of purchasing a refrigeration system will usually be less than 1/3 of the lifetime energy/maintenance costs. By locating refrigeration equipment away from heat sources e.g. cookers, gills etc. and ensuring a 50mm air gap around each piece of equipment you can improve the efficiency of the unit. Other ways to save energy costs for refrigeration equipment is to minimise the time doors are open and carrying out regular maintenance checks, checking condition of door seals, keeping fridges frost free and the build-up of frost in freezers to a minimum. Also regularly cleaning dust and dirt from the compressor/coil will improve efficiency. So when considering new refrigeration systems consider energy efficiency and calculate the lifetime energy maintenance costs.