AN OPPORTUNITY TO PARTNER ON ENERGY SAVINGS
Most sites have a contract spanning several years with a vending operator who is responsible for providing beverages, snacks, meals, and other services. While the vending operator owns the vending machines but the site client typically pays for energy usage, there is an opportunity to work together to get energy efficient machines that may cost more to purchase yet will cost less to operate. Requiring Energy Star certified machines in a request for proposal is a good first step.
The Department of Energy sample procurement language is designed to help ensure the vending operator installs machines of a higher level of efficiency and/or upgrades existing machines to equivalent Energy Star standards. By doing so, the operator and client site both benefit.
By choosing a vending machine that has earned the Energy Star logo, operators will be helping promote eco-friendly practices without sacrificing product quality and/or machine performance.