ENERGY DEPARTMENT CLARIFIES STANDARDS
The DOE categorizes equipment based on performance-related or utility-related factors affecting energy efficiency. DOE maintains two classifications for refrigerated beverage vending machines: “zone-cooled’’ and ‘‘fully-cooled’’ as opposed to glass-front and solid-front machine designations. In addition to whether a beverage vending machine is zone-cooled or fully-cooled, the ambient conditions that a machine operates within also affect energy efficiency. As a result, DOE further segments requirements based on whether the equipment will function in an indoor-only environment.
Next month, we will examine the federal government’s initiatives for vending machines.