Smart Solutions / Blog / February 2013 / How much does it really cost to operate a walk-in freezer?

How much does it really cost to operate a walk-in freezer?

What is energy management and why is it important to you?

To understand the the importance we must explore the true operating cost of a typical commercial walk in freezer. According to the Energy Information Administration the average national cost of commercial energy is $0.1022 per kilowatt.

Cooler average cost per month / Freezer average cost per month

  • 6×6 $69.50 / 6×6 $235.96
  • 6×8 $73.50 / 6×8 $239.96
  • 8×8 $122.70 / 8×8$243.96
  • 8×10 $113.84 / 8×10$353.24
  • 8×12 $119.84 / 8×12$357.24
  • 10×10 $144.15 / 8×12$362.24
  • 10×12 $149.15 / 10×10$415.73

There are many factors that can affect the total operating costs. Some of the bigger ones include:

  • Insulation
  • Efficiency of refrigeration
  • Exterior temperature of walk-in
  • Age of the walk-in
  • How frequently the door is open (loading food, cleaning, etc)
  • Temperature of food inside

Lets take it a step further:

If you own one 10X10 walk-in cooler, and one 10X10 walk-in freezer your monthly operating cost are equal to approx. $144.15 + $362.24 = $506.39.

Using a 24/7 temperature monitoring system can help to reduce energy costs by 10-25%. Conservatively speaking this savings would equate to .10 X $506.39, for a savings of $50.64 per month. Reduce your operating costs and extend the life of your refrigeration units!