Refrigeration - Reduced Energy Consumption - Costan Lion

With the increasing price of energy, running large refrigeration equipment can end up costing you a considerable amount on a monthly basis. This is not just in the summer months or when it’s hot but throughout the year. As refrigeration technology improves and refrigerant gases become more efficient you are likely to find that new, more efficient equipment is the best solution and can save you money.

For example, Mrs H in Co. Durham contacted us after a recommendation from another of our customers. Her three pieces of equipment; two chillers and a dairy cabinet, were not very old and were in good condition but they were costing too much to run. Cleaning and servicing the equipment would probably have helped, and replacing the existing equipment with new equivalents may have helped slightly more, but none of this would have addressed the core issue.

All of the refrigeration hardware for Mrs. H’s equipment ran from inside the cabinet. This meant that any warmth taken out of the cabinet to keep it cool was pumped into the shop which in turn increased the temperature of the shop and made the equipment run harder to stay cool. This vicious cycle is common to some less efficient forms if integral refrigeration. It is also magnified in shops with more than one unit, causing a feedback loop of hot air piped out of one fridge and into another.

The solution to this issue is to install equipment with remote refrigeration hardware so that the warmth taken out of the cabinet is pumped away from the shop floor and released externally.

Our sales team identified this issue and recommended she replaced all of her existing equipment with a single Costan Lion multi deck. The cabinet was 3.75 meters long and not only gave more space on the shop floor, but increased the display area and allowed more stock to be held offering more choice to the customer. The real benefit, though, came from the remote refrigeration which meant that any heat generated through the running of the equipment was released outside rather than onto the shop floor. This made the shop floor much more comfortable in terms of temperature and running noise and meant that the equipment didn’t have to work as hard to keep the cabinet down to temperature.

When last we spoke with Mrs H, she was saving around £50 per week on her energy bill alone. In addition to this Mrs H was eligible to claim tax allowances equivalent to the payments made on the cabinet, making her a further saving equal to the rate at which she pays tax.