How Much Electricity Does a Vending Machine Use a Month?

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The vending machine industry has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years. With hundreds of businesses getting their own machines in order to augment their retail revenue. Indeed, there is a huge potential increase in your company’s performance through the sales that can generate vending machines.

But before you go out and get one, you do need to think of the costs that such an investment entails. In addition to the upfront cost of procuring the equipment, there will be regular maintenance expenses to think about, and this includes the cost of electricity. Keep in mind that for a vending machine to maximize market reach, it needs to be running all the time. This means it continuously uses electricity, which is certainly not free.

Average Power Consumption of Vending Machines

The exact amount of electricity that a vending machine uses will depend on a number of factors, like the size of the machine, the features that it has, and so on. Machines that use refrigeration or heating technologies, in particular, such as those meant for dispensing beverages, use up considerably higher amounts of electricity than what is used by vending machines for hygiene products, for instance.

A typical vending machine for serving cold beverages would use up an average of 10 – 11 kWh daily. For smaller or simpler ones, the consumption might be closer to the lower end of 7 kWh. But the more elaborate ones with a larger dimension and numerous features can use up as much as 14 kWh.

With the very recent price increase, the average cost of electricity in Ireland is now at €0.43 per kWh. This means you would be paying anywhere from €3 – €6 per day or more than €2000 a year. This could sound absolutely absurd. Generating sales to make up for that expense alone would be a task. Fortunately, here at, we provide multiple ways of how you can reduce the energy consumption of your vending machines. So you can maximize your revenue.

Energy Saving Features of a Vending Machine

Vending machines can serve customers 24/7 but they are not actually in use all the time. By installing occupancy sensors on your machines, you can signal the bright lights and the compressor to turn off when no one has been around for a set period of time, and to automatically turn on when the sensor detects movement. To keep the contents of your machine cool, a temperature sensor can automatically activate the compressor when the temperature drops to a certain level.

Energy efficient lighting is also a great way to reduce the electricity consumption of your vending machine. The regular lights on a typical vending machine today use as much as 4.3 kWh daily. Also, the heat generated by these lights increases the load on your compressor. By switching to energy efficient, low-temperature lighting options, you can cut down your electric usage by more than half.

By switching to our technology you will be saving a lot in energy consumption, since our machines are being designed with the latest technology in refrigeration, including gas R290 for all our units, the average consumption of our basic model would be of around 1000 kWh/annum, which is 2.73 kWh/ day (less than half of industry standard)

If these are features that interest you, give us a call here at and we will help you reduce the electricity consumption of your vending machines so you can maximize profit. You can get in touch with us for further information.

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