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ATMs, Vending Machines Waste Loads of Energy

Linda Hardesty

Energy Manage vending machineCisco is trying to draw attention to the fact that power is wasted from myriad devices, and Tom Noonan, general manager of Cisco’s EnergyWise Suite, highlights some electricity-using machines that aren’t commonly on energy managers’ radar.

ATMs are huge energy wasters because they’re typically powered on 24-7 but only used for about 8.4 minutes per hour, writes Noonan for Gigaom.

Noonan says a European bank determined that nearly 50 percent of its 58,000 ATMs were in locations such as shopping malls, which aren’t open 24-7, and the bank turned the power down on those ATMs, saving $19 million per year.

Vending machines are similar to ATMs in that they are often located in places that aren’t open constantly. For example, vending machines in stadiums could be turned down when the stadium is closed, keeping food and beverages as cool as necessary, and then powered up several hours before a game to deliver cold drinks.

Photo: Vending machine via Shutterstock



3 comments on “ATMs, Vending Machines Waste Loads of Energy

  1. Excellent approach to cutting down on energy use. Now, how about the tens of millions of Ethernet switches and routers in office buildings and campuses, along with their energy-voracious support systems consisting of air conditioners and UPSes that run 24×365, or two thirds of the calendar year, when there’s no one at work?

  2. So this works out to $327 per machine per year, or around 3000 kilowatt hours per year depending on how much you pay.
    How much are we willing to pay to have lifestyle-on-demand? Gameboxes in the US consume as much electricity as the city of San Diego. So what.
    It takes changing our lifestyle. Turn things off and people will complain much louder then those who are complaining about the waste. And there my friends lies the problem and the answer.

  3. Agree with Frank and Iain. This is an excellent idea. This could be a start to better things. Build in some sort of sensor that detects motion and based on absence/presence of it, turn the things off/on.

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