Staycold International, a South African manufacturer of self-contained commercial fridges and freezers, offer supermarket and restaurant owners energy efficient units to save on their monthly electricity bills. This goes a long way in easing Eskom’s proposed double digit tariff increase, effective the first half of 2022, as energy costs form a large contribution to the overall running costs of these businesses.
Staycold units have been found to use over 33% less electricity than other brands in a recent energy test at an operational restaurant business in Johannesburg. With most supermarkets, restaurants and bars having multiple refrigeration units, these savings can often amount to thousands of Rands per month and tens of thousands of Rands per annum.
The reasons why these local units are more energy efficient, is that each Staycold model utilise many, or all of the following technologies and designs: Hydrocarbon refrigerants, high energy fan motors, digital energy management device (EMD) and Low Emissivity glass doors. Operators and owners should thus look for these amongst other things, when comparing product specifications to fully take advantage of efficiency gains.
The cold drink isles in supermarkets where the glass door beverage coolers are often deployed, as well as the underbars in the deli used to prepare the food, are areas that require daily electricity and where Staycold offer these units that could help with monthly savings.
Looking at Staycold’s leading cooler, their HD1140-HC, which has a consumption figure of 3.18 kWh/24hr which equates to a daily cost of R7 per day. As of the proposed 1st April 2022 Eskom tariff increase, that same cooler will cost just under R8 per day. Other brands have been seen to use closer to 10kWh/24hrs, so the post hike running costs of these units would be more than R20 per day. So its seen that the Staycold HD1140-HC could save supermarkets R360 per month, or more than R4000 per year. With a few supermarket outlets, this could equate to hundreds of thousands of Rands that could be recorded as a profit, rather than being paid out as an expense.
Looking at the kitchen of a restaurant, a Staycold Underbar consumes approximately R1 400 Rands worth of electricity per annum. Due to this unit utilizing pathway to Net Zero R290 Refrigerant along with high efficiency fan motors and heat exchanges, this consumption was seen to be more than 50% less than a competitor product. Factoring in the Eskom increase, this relates to a saving. At the bar area, Staycold’s double glass door fridge had more than a 30% reduction in energy costs. So instead of spending R7 000 a year on electricity, which will be close to R8 000 with the Eskom hike on these two units, companies could be spending only R4 500 (after the Eskom hike) with Staycold units – a saving of R3 500 per annum.
If a company has a few restaurants, this could equate to thousands of Rands that could be recorded as a profit, rather than being paid out as an expense.
Lena Le Roux, Staycold’s Managing Director, commented: “With the electricity costs in South Africa going up year on year, our market will no doubt be calculating the total cost of ownership of their equipment over their lifespan. By choosing a Staycold, companies are ensuring that they not only get a great quality, reliable, powerful and durable product, but also a product that over time will reduce their energy costs by a significant amount while at the same time being better for the environment as a whole.”
Staycold has been manufacturing self-contained commercial fridges and freezers from their factory in Parys, in South Africa for 40 years. They were also acknowledged last year and included in the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) publication: The Pathway to Net-Zero Cooling Product List. The product list has been designed to support and accelerate the race to zero emissions by 2050 and to demonstrate the feasibility of urgent action.
For more information on this case study or Staycold’s coolers and freezers, contact them on 056 819 8097 or visit their website on www.staycold.co.za or LinkedIn page on https://www.linkedin.com/company/staycold-international-pty-ltd/