Vending machine lamps: A source of wasted energy


These vending machine photos were taken at night.  Can you see the wasted energy? Most vending machines have lamps that are used to attract people to their products yet they really aren’t needed and are a source of wasted energy…particularly at night when fewer people are around to see or purchase their products.This wasted energy is often produced with combustion of fossil fuels, which costs money, can cause disease, and harm the environment. If someone wishes to purchase products from the vending machine an overhead light can be switched on manually or with an occupancy sensor to accommodate the user. Vending machines can be de-lamped and are an easy way to reduce this waste and save on energy dollars.

Learn more about energy conservation by attending Gundersen Health System’s Envision Energy Conservation seminar, September 10-12. There’s still time to register. Go to


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