Long before energy consumption and conservation of the environment became “hot topics”, Manitowoc Ice was quietly providing energy efficient and environmentally friendly foodservice equipment solutions; not because it was mandated, but because it represented sound business practices – for us, as well as for our customers.
Manitowoc’s ENERGY STAR® qualified ice machines utilize a variety of materials and technologies that improve their overall efficiency. Patented air-assist technology speeds the harvesting of ice from the evaporator; reducing energy consumption, and nickel-plated, solid copper evaporators remove heat from the water resulting in faster cycle times. Because of these and other innovations Manitowoc ice machines are able to achieve the highest levels of energy and water conservation. On average, commercial ice machines that have earned the ENERGY STAR are 15% more energy efficient and 10% more water efficient than standard models.
Over 97% of Manitowoc’s cube ice machines meet or exceed stringent energy performance standards such as those established by CEE or ENERGY STAR. As America’s #1 selling ice machine, we are committed to improving our level of efficiency across our entire ice machine line.
Buying energy efficient Manitowoc ice machines help to reduce the bottom line as well as reduce the affect of global warming. Click here to calculate how much you can save with an ENERGY STAR qualified Manitowoc ice machine.
Before you purchase, think about where you will need to place your ice machine. Many ice machines need clearance space around the sides of machine for proper ventilation.
Place the ice machine in a cool location. Placing it next to heat-generating kitchen appliances will force the ice machine to work harder. The harder it has to work, the more energy it consumes.
Change your water filters every six months. Mineral deposits and slime growth on filters will have an adverse effect on ice production levels.
De-lime at regular intervals. If water flow in the ice machine becomes restricted due to built-up mineral deposits, the ice machine takes longer to run through its cycles. Taking time to routinely remove scale buildup will keep it working efficiently and saves money in energy expenses. Or, purchase a unit that offers automatic cleaning/de-liming capabilities.
Purchase an ice machine with a “harvest assist” feature. Harvest assist technology speeds the release of ice from machine to storage bin shortening both ice production cycle times and consumed energy per cycle.
Look for components, parts, and surfaces that make the ice machine easier to access and clean. Ice machines run more efficiently when they are clean. To help keep ice machines cleaner between cleanings, look for ice machines that have built-in antimicrobial materials to resist the growth of bacteria and reduce the need for sanitation.
Check to see if your state offers rebate programs on ice machines. Rebates can reduce a significant portion of your initial cost.