Ice Makers

More than 2.5 million ice makers are operated in restaurants, hospitals, hotels, and other commercial facilities in the United States. Together they consume more than 13.5 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity each year and accumulate more than $1.62 billion in annual electricity bills. The energy efficiency of new ice makers has improved considerably between 1994 and 2012, with an average machine increasing in efficiency between 16 and 32 percent; a new ice maker will last for 7 to 10 years. There are now many efficient models to choose from, some of which provide substantial energy savings with little or no incremental cost over less-efficient models—a win-win situation. With new state and federal standards coming into effect, the number and diversity of energy-efficient ice makers will continue to increase.

What are the options?
How to make the best choice
What’s on the horizon?
Who are the manufacturers?
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