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Saving Money with Your Ice Machine


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When shopping for a new ice machine, one must consider the cost of operation as well as the advertised price. Some ice machines cost more to operate, using greater amounts of water and electricity than others. Usually, the more energy efficient an ice machine is, the less it will cost to operate. Newer ice machines, such as those from Manitowoc's Indigo Series and Scotsman's Prodigy Series, also allow users to customize ice production from their ice machine, so it will not operate when ice is not required. This is great for hotels and motels during off-peak seasons, and also for bars, restaurants, and cafes that may only operate on certain days of the week. These articles will highlight some of the most efficient ice machines, and also point out the more wasteful types of ice machines that should be avoided to keep the cost of ownership to a minimum.

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The Manitowoc NEO: The Next (Little) Big Thing is Here

(September 9, 2013)
Some ice machines will save you money solely because they are Energy Star qualified. The Manitowoc NEO, however allows even more options to save money with your ice machine. Not only is the NEO Energy Star qualified, but it was designed to exceed Energy Star's qualifications, and uses significantly less water and electricity than previous Manitowoc undercounter ice machines. The NEO also has a delayed ice making feature, which allows users to stop the ice machine from making ice when it is not required. This will save you more money, and will guarantee your customers and guests the freshest ice at all times.

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If It Must Be a Water Cooled Ice Machine, It Must Be…

(August 27, 2013)
If you are looking to save money over the lifetime of your ice machine, here is one piece of advice - avoid water cooled ice machines altogether. These ice machines, by their nature, are incredibly wasteful. Some can use over a thousand gallons of water per day during the ice making process. If however, your business cannot get by without a water cooled ice machine, then consider reading this article, as we examine which water cooled ice machine uses the least amount of water during the ice making process. The right ice machine could save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars over your ice machine's lifespan.

Stop Buying Bags of Ice

Embrace the Ice Machine, Bag the Bag Buying.

(August 12, 2013)
In this article, we take a look at the advantages an ice machine provides over the continuous need to buy ice for various events. If you enjoy hosting parties, or your work or play takes you outdoors frequently, ice is probably a big part of your life. A compact undercounter ice machine is a sound investment for those fed up with the bag-buying process. Low-quality, cloudy, bagged ice often falls well short of the cubes produced by a commercial grade undercounter ice machine. This article looks at some of the benefits and value provided by the undercounter ice machine.

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Hotel Ice Dispensers versus Ice Storage Bins: Which Suits You Better?

(July 30, 2013)
For hotel and motel owners, the ice machine and ice dispenser can be an expensive investment. For those unwilling to shell out the extra cash for a high quality dispenser, a standard ice storage bin located in the lobby or central location may suit you better, and cost hundreds or thousands of dollars less. This article compares the benefits and advantages that come with both the hotel ice dispenser and the standard ice storage bin. The ice dispenser is more expensive and costs more to operate over time, and will also require more maintenance. It is however, the safest, and most sanitary way to provide ice for your guests.

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Scotsman Ice Machines: Less to Own, Less to Operate

(July 18, 2013)
Everyone is trying to save a bit of additional money these days, so it is natural that you would want do the same when searching for a new ice machine. In this article, we detail the ways in which Scotsman ice machines not only cost less up front, but also offer greater benefits to the user in terms of cost of operation, conservative use of resources, and ice production. Using an Energy Star qualified ice machine will also allow your business to qualify for rebates to further cut the cost of owning a Scotsman ice machine.

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10 Things to Consider Before Purchasing a New Commercial Ice Machine

(June 28, 2013)
If you want to save money on your new ice machine, these are ten things you must consider before making a purchase. From reading the fine print to learning about how energy conservative your ice machine is, you've got to do a little bit of homework if you want to find the ice machine that will produce the amount of ice you need, and keep the cost of ownership and operation as low as possible.

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How Well Do You Know Your Ice Machine?

(June 10, 2013)
When it comes to choosing an ice machine, knowing all of your options can make the buying process a lot simpler. The problem is, few people take the time to do proper research to find the best ice machine for their establishment. This can add up to a loss of hundreds or thousands of dollars over time. Take the short quiz at the end of this article and find out exactly how much you know about ice machines and ice makers. Whether you're looking for something extra efficient, or with a higher daily ice output, you should always compare price, performance, and efficiency before making a purchase.

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Getting Back to Basics with Ice-O-Matic (and Golf!)

(June 6, 2013)
If you're looking for rock bottom prices, choose the ice machine that does not put a great deal of emphasis on the "additional features" and places far more focus on ice making potential. Ice-O-Matic ice machines are an excellent choice if all you need is ice- no bells, whistles, or computers to program- just large qualities of high quality ice.

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Five Tips to Keep Your Ice Machine Performing Well

(March 14, 2013)
Whether you're buying an ice machine for the first time, or you've owned one for years, these tips will help save you money, and help your ice machine operate smoothly, while creating ice consistently. There are many factors that affect how your ice machine performs, so be sure to read this article for some money saving tips and advice.

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Manitowoc LuminIce Growth Inhibitor: Cleaner, Better Ice

(February 14, 2013)
Manitowoc's LumInice Growth Inhibitor is an optional accessory that can be added to any Manitowoc Indigo ice machine. Read the details of how the LuminIce Growth Inhibitor works and what it can do for the quality of your ice. Its ability to keep slime and and yeast from building up also minimize the chance that your ice machine will require costly repairs.

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High Temperature Dishwashers: The Basics and Benefits

(February 12, 2013)
If you or your employees are stuck washing your dishes by hands, you may want to consider a high temperature dishwasher. Not only will it use less water than when you wash dishes manually by hand and leave the water running, but high temperature dishwashers do not require chemicals, so you don't need to purchase additional cleaning product. Keep reading to find out more.

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Manitowoc Remote Air-Cooled Ice Machines: Cool and Quiet

(February 5, 2013)
You've probably heard of Manitowoc and their ice machines before, but their remote air cooled ice machines are the icing on the cake. Combine their quiet, consistent operation with everything that Indigo brings to the table and you've got one of the most efficient ice machines around- great for saving money and energy.

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Keep a Clean Ice Machine…Or Pay the Price

(January 30, 2013)
There are many ways to save money in the restaurant world. There is one simple way that comes to mind and it's quite simple - stay open... because your restaurant can't make money if it's not in operation. Find out how a dirty ice machine, health code violations, and even social media can ruin your reputation. (Yes, Twitter is not just a gathering place for 16 year old Justin Bieber fans. The Health Department is tweeting nowadays as well)

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Scotsman Ice Machines: Ice Making and Money Saving

(January 24, 2013)
High water costs in your area? Why not consider a Scotsman ice machine? Ice machines from Scotsman use the least amount of water when compared to the competition. It's evident in the graph shown in this article. Over its lifetime, a Scotsman ice machine can save you over a hundred thousand gallons of water, and in turn save you thousands of dollars in operating costs.

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Hoshizaki Stainless Steel Evaporators: What’s Inside Counts

(January 21, 2013)
Hoshizaki's stainless steel evaporator plates are one of Hoshizaki's unique characteristics. Superbly constructed, ice machines from Hoshizaki live very long lives, and are incredibly strong and durable. If you're looking for an ice machine that offers the most "bang for your buck", consider Hoshizaki and the benefits their ice machines bring to the table.

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Upgrade Your Ice Machine: Lower Costs, Increase Profits

(January 15, 2013)
This article gets right to the point. If you're into saving money. consider making use of the newest ice machines and newest technology available. Newer ice machines use less water and electricity, can be programmed to create ice on a set schedule, and have a lower overall cost of ownership and operation. The less money spent equates to more money made!

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True T-49: A-PLUS Refrigeration

(December 21, 2012)
Save money with this smartly designed, Energy Star qualified, commercial refrigerator. This commercial refrigerator from True is one of the most popular around, as it was designed to operate efficiently, and keep its cost of operation low. The True T-49 can be found in many commercial kitchens across the country.

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Scotsman Ice Machines: Prodigy Ice Machines Are Better Than Babies

(October 30, 2012)
If you've ever been fortunate enough to raise children of your own, you know they are quite expensive. From diapers to daycare, children can be a money pit for years. Your Scotsman ice machine however, requires little to no attention, and its reliable ice production will keep your wallet nice and full.

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Scotsman Ice Machine Reviews

(October 25, 2012)
Scotsman Prodigy ice machines use significantly less water and electricity during the ice making process than their competitors. In these reviews of some of Scotsman's most popular ice machines, you can find our more information regarding these energy efficient, money saving ice machines.

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Ice-O-Matic’s ICEU150 Wins the Popularity Contest

(October 24, 2012)
The Ice-O-Matic ICEU150 is one of the most popular undercounter ice machines available. This Energy Star qualified undercounter ice machine is energy efficient, and measures only 24 inches wide - one of the slimmest undercounters available. It's a real space-saver and money-saver.

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Water Filters for your Ice Machine: What They Do and Why You Need Them

(August 10, 2012)
A water filter is probably the smartest piece of equipment that can be added to an ice machine. It will improve the quality of your ice, keep your ice machine in operation for a longer period of time, and ensure that only the purest water runs over the evaporator plate. All of these things will help extend the life of your machine, keeping more money in your pocket.

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Ice-O-Matic’s ICEU150 Wins the Popularity Contest

(October 24, 2012)
The Ice-O-Matic ICEU150 is one of the most popular undercounter ice machines available. This Energy Star qualified undercounter ice machine is energy efficient, and measures only 24 inches wide - one of the slimmest undercounters available. It's a real space-saver and money-saver.

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Air Cooled or Water Cooled? Consider a Remote Air Cooled Condenser

(August 22, 2012])
If you're looking for a way to make your ice machine even more efficient, consider looking for an ice machine that makes use of a remote air cooled condenser. These ice machines have the condenser sold separately, so it can be placed outside or on the roof of your establishment. This provides a more suitable area for the condenser to operate, and will save a good deal of money in operating costs as the cooler environment means your ice machine does not have to work as hard to create ice. Most, but not all, air cooled ice machines are Energy Star qualified too, offering excellent money saving opportunities and more consistent ice production.

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Scotsman’s C0330 Atop the B530SS: The Right Ice for the Right Moment

(August 13, 2012)
One of the most important issues to resolve when searching for an ice machine is matching its ice production to a suitable bin. in this article, we examine the benefits and advantages of coupling an ice machine with a lower daily output with a bin with a larger storage capacity. There are a few instances when this can be a great asset to a company, especially in terms of monetary and energy consumption.

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The Manitowoc QD-0272A and QY-0274A: Par for the Course

(August 3, 2012)
In this article, we examine a couple of Manitowoc's more popular undercounter ice machines, and how they would fit at a golf course or snack shack. Aside from the fact that both are Energy Star qualified, they can also save you money as they create ice as needed. Larger ice machines may run all day, and create ice when it is not imperative. These smaller units from Manitowoc fill faster, and do not need to operate as frequently to fill their self-contained bins. Read on for more information.

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The Ice-O-Matic ICE1006FA: More Ice for the Price

(August 2, 2012)
The Ice-O-Matic ICE1006FA can make over 1,000 pounds of ice, and is a perfect example of an ice machine that embodies Ice-O-Matic's "More Ice for the Price" Campaign. This ice machine sells for a low price, is Energy Star qualified, and is great for those with upper level ice requirements. The full cubes made are great for busier bars and restaurants. Continue reading for more information.

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Manitowoc's 300 and 320 Series: Different Design, Same Performance

(August 1, 2012)
These Indigo ice machines can save you money with their energy efficient operation, and the option to have them programmed to make ice only when required. Both are Energy Star qualified as well. Ice machines from the 320 Series measure 22 inches wide, while ice machines from the 300 Series measure 30 inches wide. These ice machines have similar daily ice production rates but were designed to fit locations that may have different spacial limitations. Read the full article for more details regarding these two Manitowoc ice machines.

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HQH2O: High Quality Water from EverPure

(June 15, 2012)
Some ice machines are more efficient than other. Some use far less water and electricity during the ice making process than others. But, did you know that adding a water filter to your ice machine can improve the quality of the ice your machine creates, and also extend the life expectancy of your unit? Adding a water filter will also decrease the amount of service and repairs that your ice machine requires, saving you money in the process.

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Is Your Undercounter Ice Machine Under-performing?

(June 4, 2012)
Before you spend a dime on a new undercounter ice machine, read this article to find out exactly what you're getting. While the spec sheets of ice machines usually detail the maximum daily production, all ice machines tend to under-perform when temperatures increase. You can save a good deal of money by comparing ice machine production rates, and finding the one that best suits you or your business. One of the best ways to find value in an ice machine is to calculate a "pounds of ice per dollar spent" number for the ice machine's listed daily production, and its production rate in stressful conditions.

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Undercounter Ice Machines for the Home: The Miniature Edition

(May 21, 2012)
Tired of buying expensive bags of ice before every event you host? Consider this. Undercounter ice machines are becoming more and more prevalent in homes and private residences across the country, and the choices are becoming more extensive every day. This article will help you sort through some of the more popular commercial grade undercounter ice machines available at Ice Machines Plus, and provide details beyond the spec sheets. Many of the undercounter ice machines mentioned here are Energy Star qualified as well. Continue reading for more information.

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Go Green with an Ice-O-Matic Ice Machine

(May 9, 2012)
What better way to save money with your new ice machine than by buying one of the most energy conservative units- the ice machine that makes more ice for the price, and the ice machine that sells for markedly less than others in the same class. Ice-O-Matic ice machines truly define what it means to be called a "green ice machine", and the more energy and water you conserve, the more money you save over time.

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Fine Print - Understanding Your Rights and Responsibilities

(May 7, 2012)
It can be a helpless feeling. You've waited a full business week for your new ice machine to arrive, signed for it and unpacked it, and then you notice a giant dent on the unit. Now, no one wants to provide assistance because you signed for your ice machine without inspecting it! When your ice machine arrives, there are certain steps and precautions that must be taken in order to prevent this from happening, and they are all detailed here. Continue reading for more information regarding the "fine print" and your rights and responsibilities as a customer. Heeding the advice in this article will prevent headaches and extra expenditures on your behalf!

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Ice Can Be Green with Ice-O-Matic

(January 19, 2012)
This article may not be entirely about saving money, but it deserves as much publicity as possible... (plus, Ice-O-Matic ice machines are a great way to save money due to their efficient ice making.) If you're looking for another reason to choose Ice-O-Matic, check out this article detailing their "Green ReLeaf" Program. Ice-O-Matic has vowed to plant a tree for every ice machine they sell to help offset the carbon dioxide produced by their machines, truly giving back to the planet like no one else. Aside from cleaning the air, these trees provide many other benefits to the environments in which they are planted. Continue reading to find out more about Ice-O-Matic's green movement.

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Manitowoc Now a Member of PRIDE

(January 16, 2012)
In the ice machine world, there is very rarely "showstopping" news, but this may be as close as we get to it. Manitowoc has joined PRIDE Marketing and Procurement, a group of restaurant suppliers who work together to increase purchasing abilities of the end user. Since we at Ice Machines Plus are a part of PRIDE as well, we can now offer a full line of Manitowoc products, ship them faster to our customers, and most importantly, sell our Manitowoc ice machines at lower prices. Continue reading for more about Manitowoc and the PRIDE Buying Group.

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Hoshizaki's Evaporator Plate Provides Great Advantages

(December 30, 2011)
Some ice machines will save you money due to their efficient use of resources. Hoshizaki ice machines save money in other ways but mainly, due to their superior construction. The stainless steel evaporator plate that Hoshizaki provides is evidence of this, and as you will learn in this article, the best thing about Hoshizaki ice machines is that they rarely malfunction, rarely require service, and generally only require routine cleanings. Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about Hoshizaki ice machines and their stainless steel evaporator plates.

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Ice-O-Matic Evaporator Plates- Strong and Proud

(October 10, 2011)
How confident is Ice-O-Matic in their American made, hand-made evaporator plates? Well for one, they offer the longest warranty in the ice making industry with seven years coverage (with purchase and replacement of an Ice-O-Matic approved water filter.) Read this short article for more insight regarding Ice-O-Matic's evaporator plates, and you'll see quickly that one of the best ways to save money is to not spend money on replacement parts or ice machine malfunctions.

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Ice Demand: Planning for the Peaks and Valleys

(August 25, 2011)
Just as the seasons change, so too do your business's ice requirements from month to month. In this article, we detail the importance of having an ice machine that can be adjusted or programmed to meet the peaks in ice demand, and remain dormant when ice needs are low. Manitowoc Indigo ice machines and Scotsman's Prodigy ice machines are some of the few that allow for programmable ice production. This way, you get ice made when you need it, and your machine rests when ice is not needed. Your end result: Fresher ice, lower cost of operation. Read this article to find out more.

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Manitowoc Indigo: Do You Know What Your Ice Machine is Thinking?

(May 20, 2011)
Like saving money? (Of course you do, it's why you're in this section.) Manitowoc Indigo ice machines provide a great opportunity to keep costs lower than ever. Until now, it was nearly impossible for your ice machine to communicate the problems it was experiencing, or if it required cleaning or service. That changed with Manitowoc's Indigo Series however. A new, technologically savvy, energy efficient ice machine was born that provides some of the most recent advancements and cutting edge technology available to date. These features (as of today) are only available on Manitowoc Indigo ice machines, and will provide incredible new features that save you and your business money in operating costs and resource conservation. Continue reading to find out more..