Star Light, Star Bright
First Star I See Tonight
I wish I May
I wish I Might
Have a Lower Energy, Cost Saving, Eco Friendly Bill Tonight
Every wish on the first star, every penny thrown into a fountain, every wish bone broken, may have come back void but if the above poem is your heart’s desire you don’t need a fairy godmother or pixie dust to make it come true. You just need Energy Star.
In Atlanta Energy Star beverage vending machines are either new or refurbished machines that incorporate more efficient compressors, fan motors and lighting systems than older models. These machines are just as visible and keep beverages just as cold as older models but do so with 50% more efficiency.
In addition these vending machines come with a low power mode that allows them to operate with lower energy lighting/refrigeration during times of inactivity.
Efficient compressors, fan motors, lighting systems and a low power mode all result in one thing: a dream come true. On average machines worthy of the Energy Star have saved building owners 1,700 kWh a year, which is roughly $150.
If you would like more information on the benefits of Energy Star machines visit www.energystar.gov or talk to your Atlanta vending service about making the switch.
When you think of a strong community throughout Atlanta, what comes to mind; playgrounds, lots of trees, firefighters who bring cats out of those trees, strong school systems, neighbors who care about each other, low calorie drinks from a vending machine?
The later might seem a little out of place but according to San Antonio’s Mayor Julian Castro, “The most important aspect of any community is its quality of life and one essential ingredient [to that quality of life] is healthy living.” It’s his belief that “everyone has a role to play in making our communities healthier,” and because of this he is proud that his city is one of the first to be a part of the Calories Count Vending Program spear headed by the American Beverage Association.
Through this vending program large beverage distributors (Coca-Cola, the Dr Pepper Snapple Group and PepsiCo) are working with government leaders and vendors to offer low-calorie beverage options in machines and to educate at the point of purchase about making healthier choices.
In 2013 municipal buildings in Chicago and San Antonio will be the first to launch the Calories Count Vending Program. The vending machines in these locations will get make-overs that include:
- An increase in low calorie beverage options
- Labels on the machine that encourage consumers to “check [the calorie count] then choose”
- Calorie labels on each of the selection buttons, making checking before choosing an option.
As the year goes on it is anticipated that the program will spread throughout the country, not just at government properties but anywhere vending is offered.
If you would like your machines to be part of the movement, talk to your Atlanta vendor about making the necessary changes to your vending program. As calorie branded labels become available, your Atlanta vendor should be happy to make the switch. Although they might not be the ones you call when Snowball is stuck in the tree, they still care about your well being and want to do their part in helping communities throughout Atlanta to be healthy.