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Water coolers in homes and businesses consume about 7 billion kWh/year. ENERGY STAR certified water coolers use about half of the energy of conventional models. This could mean a savings of more than $240 over the lifetime of the unit.
A standard hot and cold water cooler can use more energy than a large refrigerator. In fact,
|Current Specification Effective Date:||
January 22, 2010
Water coolers originally qualified for the ENERGY STAR label in September, 2000.
Home and Small Office:
Water coolers are sold at retail stores and also through some bottled water distributors. If you are purchasing from a store or off the web, look for the ENERGY STAR on the box or the unit itself. If buying or leasing from a bottled water distributor, tell the distributor that you want an ENERGY STAR certified model. A list of certified models is available in the right hand sidebar of this page.
When requesting bids for bottled water service that include provision of water coolers, clearly state a preference for ENERGY STAR qualified models in the request for bids. See UMaine Case Study - Purchaser Version (77KB) for an example.
Note: Point of use (POU) water coolers are now covered under the current ENERGY STAR specification.
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