A commercial refrigeration benchmarking snapshot from the Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association (PRSM) features the top-energy saving technologies used by leading retailers and grocers. The data utilizes information from the latest PRSM benchmarking report, Energy Benchmarking Initiative Study, the 2016 IBISWorld Report, Walk-in Refrigerator in the U.S. — Procurement Report, and the new DOE Updated Rule to the Energy Policy Act, which will be in effect as of March 2017.
Findings from PRSM retailers show:
- 60% use anti-sweat heater controls.
- 33% of retailers utilize floating head pressure control and overnight covers for open cases.
- 17% have implemented fixed doors on medium-temp refrigerators.
“The PRSM Benchmarking Snapshots provide a quick view into a complicated subject.,” says Bill Yanek, CEO of PRSM. “The refrigeration snapshot complements full Benchmarking Reports and PRSM White Papers on the subject.”
This snapshot on commercial refrigeration shares information on how retailers are currently saving energy, the average age of equipment, and pricing trends through 2019, Yanek says.
The snapshot follows a two-part refrigeration white paper series. Keeping Your Cool: An Introduction to Retail Refrigeration Basics – Part 1, which shares basic refrigeration principles and theories, complexity of refrigeration equipment, regulations, and compliance. Keeping Your Cool Part 2: Preventive & Routine Maintenance for Retail Refrigeration Systems addresses the importance of both preventive and routine maintenance of retail refrigeration systems.
More snapshot highlights include 83% of facilities with refrigeration use ENERGY STAR plug-in and air-cooled appliances. The price of walk-in refrigerators is also expected to continue increasing through 2019. Growth in private non-residential construction, steel prices, and corporate profit are cited as leading to high product prices.