Energy Cost Calculator for Commercial Ice Machines

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Vary capacity size, energy cost, hours of operation, and /or efficiency level.

Input the following data (if any parameter is missing, calculator will set to default value). Defaults
Type of Ice Cube Machine    Ice Making Head
Type of Condenser    Air Cooled
Ice Harvest Rate (lbs. ice per 24 hrs.)    lbs. per 24 hrs. 500 lbs. per 24 hrs.
Energy Consumption (per 100 lbs. of ice)    kWh 5.5 kWh
Quantity of ice machines to be purchased    1
Energy Cost    $/kWh 0.06 $/kWh
Annual Hours of Operation    hrs. 3000 hrs.
Performance per Ice Cube Machine Your
Energy Consumption (per 100 lbs. of ice)     kWh         
Annual Ice Production     lbs.         
Annual Energy Use    kWh         
Annual Energy Costs $ $ $ $
Lifetime Energy Costs $ $ $ $
Lifetime Energy Cost Savings $ $ $ $
Lifetime Energy Cost Savings for Ice Cube
$ $ $ $

Your selection of a ice cube machine with a capacity of lbs./24 hrs., producing lbs. of ice per year, will have a $ energy cost savings per ice making machine over an estimated 7 year life expectancy compared to the base model.


  • $0.06 per kWh for electricity is the Federal average price in the U.S.
  • Future electricity price trends and a discount rate of 3.2% are based on Federal guidelines.
  • Lifetime energy cost is the sum of the discounted value of the annual energy costs based on assumed ice making machine life of seven years.


This cost calculator is a screening tool that estimates a product's lifetime energy cost savings at various efficiency levels. Maintenance and installation costs do not vary significantly among the same product having different efficiencies; so, these costs are not included in this calculator tool. For a detailed life cycle cost analysis, the Federal Energy Management Program has developed a tool called Building Life Cycle Cost (BLCC). This downloadable tool allows the user to vary interest rates, installation costs, maintenance costs, salvage values, and life expectancy for a product or an entire energy project.