Low-cost and no-cost solutions

There are many ways you can improve the energy efficiency of your facility and reduce your energy costs. We offer a variety of low-cost and no-cost solutions in addition to a selection of Power Smart programs that will help you reduce your building’s energy consumption.

Setup, stocking, and operating tips

  • Optimize the location of compressors, condensers, and refrigeration equipment by locating in cool surroundings, avoiding direct sunlight.
  • Avoid drafts on open display cases.
  • Size refrigerators and freezers properly to avoid over or under loading.
  • Follow manufacturer recommendations for shelf position and size.
  • Don’t overfill refrigerators and freezers, a 2.54 cm gap on the sides and 10.16 cm gap at the back allow access to a steady flow of air.
  • Check the temperature settings, if settings are lower than necessary, you’re wasting energy.
  • Don’t let refrigerated items sit and warm-up during delivery and restocking, load product when cool.
  • Keep the doors closed as much as possible.

Maintenance and prevention tips

Schedule regular maintenance checks with your service company.

  • Clean debris from evaporator and condenser coils.
  • Check and service belts, filters, compressor lines, gaskets, door latches, fan blades, and refrigerant charge.

Equipment controls and features to consider

Consider ENERGY STAR® certified equipment as they are designed with more energy efficient components that will significantly reduce energy consumption and utility bills.

  • Ask your supplier about energy efficiency features and energy consumption.
  • Avoid heat build-up by using as few lights as possible to illuminate refrigerated space interiors.
  • Install motion sensors to turn off lights in unoccupied refrigerated areas.
  • Talk to your service company about the possibility of: higher suction pressures, lower condensing pressure and floating head pressures.
  • Set operating temperatures as low as necessary, check regularly to maintain consistent temperatures, set thermostat to avoid over-cooling merchandise.
  • Install sensors to monitor product temperature instead of air temperature in the cold storage areas.

Employee education and training

  • Post signs to remind workers to turn off lights and shut doors.
  • Discuss energy conservation measures in staff meetings.