As of January 2008, air-cooled, cube-type ice machines, including ice-making head, self-contained and remote condensing units, are eligible for Energy Star qualification.
This new qualification excludes flake and nugget ice machines, in addition to units that use water-cooled technology. The Environmental Protection Agency plans to include flake and nugget ice makers once a test standard is made available and a database is established that can derive performance requirements.
Commercial ice machines that have earned the Energy Star designation are on average 15 percent more energy-efficient and 10 percent more water-efficient than standard models. For specific parameters on energy-efficient ice makers, visit the Energy Star web site at www.energystar.gov.