Bulk buying savings—ice machines, commercial

ENERGY STAR®—saving time, energy and money

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ENERGY STAR Canada makes green procurement easier in a number of ways. (See a full description at Making the business case.)

One of the most useful is the ENERGY STAR Simple Savings Calculator. This downloadable tool lets you compare as many as three ENERGY STAR certified models against a conventional model of the same product type.

As the example for commercial automatic ice machines in the table below illustrates, you can calculate:

  • energy savings
  • operating cost savings
  • simple payback on investment
  • greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions
  • annual and product lifetime savings

The add-on ENERGY STAR Summary Calculator allows you to figure comparisons for a number of different product types in one spreadsheet.

Note: These ENERGY STAR calculators generate estimates of energy, cost and emissions savings using base energy prices and other factors that are developed from Government of Canada data and energy rates posted by provincial and territorial utilities. National average energy costs are calculated and used as the calculators’ default settings. Users can localize the settings by selecting a province or territory, or inputting their own data. All values are updated regularly.

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Cost-savings example—10 commercial ice machines
(ice-making head – batch process)(8-year life)

Annual Lifetime Annual Lifetime

Energy consumption (kWh)

97,407 779,257 109,876 879,011

Energy cost
(@ 13.5¢/kWh)

$14,375 $82,608 $16,215 $93,183
Water consumption (m3) 1,233 9,861 1,468 11,747
Water cost (@ $2.69/m3) $3,316 $19,055 $3,950 $22,699

Maintenance cost

$0 $0 $0 $0

Total operating cost

$17,691 $101,663 $20,165 $115,882

Incremental cost


Total life-cycle cost

  $101,663   $115,882

Total energy savings (kWh)

12,469 99,754    
Total water savings (m3) 236 1,886    

Total energy, water and maintenance cost savings

$2,474 $14,219    

Emissions savings
(kg CO2)

1,870 14,963    

Payback period

0 years (based on incremental cost of $0 per ENERGY STAR certified unit)

Product specification summary

The ENERGY STAR name and symbol are administered and promoted in Canada by Natural Resources Canada and are registered in Canada by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.