Commercial Refrigerators & Freezers

Commercial Refrigerators Freezers

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.

Savings figures:

  • ENERGY STAR certified commercial solid door refrigerators can save businesses 285 kWh and more than $30 annually, and $310 on utility bills over the product's lifetime
  • ENERGY STAR certified commercial glass door refrigerators can save businesses 400 kWh and nearly $45 annually, and $440 on utility bills over the product's lifetime
  • ENERGY STAR certified commercial solid door freezers can save businesses 500 kWh and more than $55 annually, and $560 on utility bills over the product's lifetime
  • ENERGY STAR certified commercial glass door freezers can save businesses 900 kWh and more than $100 annually, and $980 on utility bills over the product's lifetime

Eligible products:

  • Solid, transparent
  • Mixed solid/transparent door refrigerators and freezers

Ineligible products:

  • Chef base or griddle stands 
  • Prep tables
  • Service over counter units
  • Open air units
  • Convertible temperature units
  • Laboratory-grade equipment
  • Remote condensing equipment

Additional resources:

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.

Commercial Refrigerators & Freezers Key Product Criteria: ENERGY STAR

Learn How a Product Earns the Label

Helpful resources for buying a commercial refrigerator and freezer:

Purchasing ENERGY STAR certified CFS equipment can cut utility costs and maintenance without sacrificing features, quality, or style. Many utilities also offer rebates to offset the purchase price of ENERGY STAR equipment.

ENERGY STAR Where to Buy List
For a list of ENERGY STARdealers and distributors that sell ENERGY STAR certified equipment, visit the ENERGY STAR Where to Buy List. Please contact CommercialFoodService@energystar.gov if you would like to be added to the list.


ENERGY STAR Rebates

For a list of CFS incentives, please visit the ENERGY STAR  Rebate Finder.

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