Energy Efficiency
Energy Saving Vending Machines

What Is It?

Energy efficient vending machines are equipped with efficient compressors and fan motors that incorporate energy saving technologies. The vending machines minimize energy use by using timers or sensors and special lighting systems, which turn the machines off after a certain period of time or when the products have reached a desired temperature. There are three options for saving energy with vending machines from highest cost to lowest cost:

  1. Energy Star Rating
  2. Vending Misers – occupancy sensors that turn off lighting and cooling compressors when not needed
  3. Unscrew vending light bulb


Average vending machines operate 24 hours per day, seven days a week, consuming 2,500 to 4,400 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of energy annually. However, with new technology, energy efficient vending machines can reduce the amount of energy used by 24 to 76 percent, depending on usage patterns, ambient conditions, and other factors. By using energy more efficiently, these vending machines will reduce the amount of CO2 released into the atmosphere.

  • Read more about the benefits of energy saving vending machines.

Challenge Participants Currently Adopting This Practice

  • CB Richard Ellis
  • The Chiofaro Company
  • Citizens Bank
  • Crittenton Women’s Union
  • Federal Reserve
  • Forest City
  • John Hancock
  • Marriott
  • Nutter, McClennen & Fish, LLP
  • Putnam Investments
  • Sheraton Hotel
  • TRO Jung|Brannen
  • WilmerHale

Financing Options, Incentives, And Rebates

Additional Resources


Local Vending Machine Companies

Vending Miser Installers


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