Have you ever thought about the energy consumption of vending machines? Well, the government has!
The Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy just released an announcement this month that they’ll be reconsidering the standards for refrigerating consumer machines to make them more efficient.
In their report Department of Energy addresses standards for refrigerated consumer products (e.g. vending machines) that were first established in 1975 and last revised in 2006. If adopted, the new standards would save 39 percent of the energy use from vending machine equipment. Though it might sound like there’s no economic upside for vending machine retailers, manufacturers, users, or services, it’s estimated that the energy savings in terms of electricity and emissions will actually outweigh the costs of improvements for the net economy. They’re also taking a long-term approach to the situation—the analysis of cost and value extends for thirty years into the future, and the DOE also considers the effect these standards might have a hundred years from now. Further, if passed, the standards won’t even go into affect for three years, giving the industry an opportunity to adjust.
The DOE’s report seems certain that this is the best move for the entire industry, stating, “The DOE has tentatively concluded that the proposed standards for beverage vending machines represent the maximum improvement in energy efficiency that is technologically feasible and economically justified, and would result in the significant conservation of energy.” Machines that meet these standards are already being produced, and many vending companies are already using them. The proposal also imposes no restrictions or fines on existing vending machines that do not meet the standards.
The public meeting to discuss this potential new law will be held in Washington D.C. on September 29, 2015. Here at Tassi Vending, we’ll be keeping a close eye on the results! Of course, none of our current equipment would be affected by the ruling, but it’s an interesting time for the vending industry. The new laws will also affect micro markets differently because they are grab-and-go refrigerated environments of different temperature levels.
If you’ve been considering installing a vending machine or micro market in your building, now is a great time to do so! Lock in a vendor now, before any potential price raises occur due to this new set of conservation laws.