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    Save Energy with RD Fresh

    Save Energy By Reducing Food Waste

    There are many resources needed to grow food, including water, fertilizers, pesticides, and energy. By wasting food, we are also wasting the resources that went into growing it. A 2007 study published in the American Chemical Society’s Environmental Science & Technology journal provides a compelling new reason not to waste food: It saves energy, and lots of it.

    "What we learned is that food contains energy and requires energy to produce, process, and transport. Estimates indicate that between 8 and 16 percent of total energy consumption in the United States over the course of the year went toward food production in 2007. And despite this large energy investment, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that people then waste about 20 percent of their food in the United States. This means that waste might represent a largely unrecognized opportunity to conserve energy and help control global warming."

    The study analyzed the amount of wasted food in the United States and the associated energy wastage. They concluded that the U.S. wasted about 2030 trillion BTU of energy in 2007, or the equivalent of about 350 million barrels of oil. That represents about 2 percent of annual energy consumption in the U.S.

    "Consequently, the energy embedded in wasted food represents a substantial target for decreasing energy consumption in the United States. The wasted energy calculated here is a conservative estimate both because the food waste data are incomplete and outdated and the energy consumption data for food service and sales are also incomplete. So we’re working with less data than we know exists and if we had all that information we’d probably find food waste is higher and the energy embedded in that food waste is higher."
    Department of Energy

    U.S. Department of Energy - Office of Power Technologies

    A report by the United States Department of Energy shows that adding a desiccant (like RD Fresh) to a high relative humidity air stream can cut cooling loads and peak demand by as much as 50 percent, with significant cost savings.

    "Desiccants can work in concert with chillers… by allowing chillers To cool low-moisture… In some applications, desiccants can cut cooling loads and peak demand by as much as 50 percent"