Commercial refrigerators and freezers are designed and tested with commercial operations in mind which requires them to keep food at specific temperatures in hot kitchen environments as well as subject to frequent door openings. Commercial refrigerators and freezers that meet these new criteria will provide significant savings to commercial kitchen operations.
Commercial refrigerators and freezers that have earned the ENERGY STAR are on average 20 percent more energy efficient than standard models because they are designed with components such as ECM evaporator and condenser fan motors, hot gas anti-sweat heaters, or high-efficiency compressors, which will significantly reduce energy consumption and utility bills.
Current Specification Effective Date: March 2017
Products must not exceed maximum energy consumption in kWh per day, as determined by internal volume, door type, configuration, and unit type under the new Version 4.0 specification.
Purchasing ENERGY STAR certified CFS equipment can cut kitchen utility costs and maintenance without sacrificing features, quality, or style. Many utilities also offer rebates to offset the purchase price of ENERGY STAR equipment.
For a list of CFS incentives, please see either the CFS Incentive Guide or the ENERGY STAR CFS Incentive Finder:
Eligible Types of Commercial Refrigerators and Freezers: Solid, glass, and mixed solid/glass door (hybrid) product types, including reach-in, roll-in, or pass-through units; merchandisers; under counter units; milk coolers; bottle coolers; and beer-dispensing units.
Ineligible Types of Commercial Refrigerators and Freezers: Drawer cabinets, prep tables, deli cases, open air units and laboratory-grade refrigeration equipment.
For a list of dealers and distributors who sell ENERGY STAR certified CFS equipment, see the Where to Buy list.