Having hot and cold water on demand makes staying hydrated easy. But, what does it truly cost to have clean water at your fingertips? How much energy does it require to keep your cooler running? These are questions we're asked all the time.
Those who are looking to conserve power to be more eco- or budget-friendly should take note that the consumption of energy depends entirely on how frequently hot and cold water is dispensed. However, there is a baseline average of how much energy a water dispenser consumes.
To accurately measure how much electricity your water cooler utilizes you can use a plug-in power meter. Keep in mind that the amount of power used in dependent on the amount it is used. The cooling and heating systems require power for the cooling towers, heating coils and maintaining the hot and cold water temperatures. Thus, a cooler in an office with multiple employees will use more power than one in a home with small family.
Since many consumers don't have a plug-in power meter, Energy Star Ratings are used to compare water coolers and their brands. Water coolers that have received the Energy Star Ratings use up to 50% less than water coolers without the certification. As of now, if a water cooler utilizes less than 0.16 kWh/day, then it can be awarded the certification. It is has certification, you'll find typically find it on the package.
At Brio, we take pride in our products, their innovative features and energy certifications. Brio produces various high-end features that require electricity, but it does so while meeting energy star ratings. Case in point: the Brio Moderna. This sleek and modern dispenser has top-of-the-line features, including stainless steel materials, self-cleaning, a night light and digital clock.
Even if you have a Brio energy-saving cooler, there is a way to conserve even more energy: a timer switch. This feature controls the power supply to the cold and hot water dispenser, so only power the electric water dispenser when there will be water use.
By choosing the right cooler and utilizing the timer, you can enjoy your water AND conserve power! Stay hydrated!
It would be worth stating 8n the article whether or not you have to have the hot water function switched on. Typically heating water is about 80% of the energy usage of these appliances. In a home setting, it is more energy efficient to use a kettle than to have water being heated throughout the day but infrequently used.