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Starcare delivers £50K annual energy saving for Yearsley Group

Yearsley Group, the UK’s largest cold storage and distribution company has cut over £50K from its annual energy bill at one depot by investing in Starcare.


Starcare is Star Refrigeration’s planned, preventative maintenance (PPM) programme for refrigeration plant operators. This pro-active PPM programme for cooling equipment ensures optimum long-term performance and reliability. Starcare is proven to increase energy efficiency and significantly reduce lifecycle costs.

Yearsley Group recently invested in Starcare across nine of its UK cold storage and distribution centres. Yearsley Group consolidated its maintenance programme from a number of external contractors and chose Star to provide a nationwide service.

A world leader in cooling and heating system innovation, Star undertook a general plant audit at Yearsley Group’s Coleshill distribution centre, near Birmingham. Two refrigeration plants, including a bespoke Star LPR system, provide cooling to cold store chambers and a blast freezer at the facility.

Following this review a specific maintenance plan was designed for Coleshill, with Yearsley Group’s site engineers completing non-critical maintenance and addressing HS issues. The Starcare team concentrated on reducing power consumption and improving plant reliability.

Star has made significant improvements to refrigeration plant reliability at the Coleshill distribution centre.  According to current data, an annual energy saving of over £50K has been achieved by adjusting plant operation to reduce power consumption.  Yearsley Group has now instructed Star to undertake further plant audits at other UK sites.

Kevin Chrystal, Group Maintenance Manager for Yearsley Group, says: “Having previously worked in partnership with Star we were keen to seek the firm’s advice on reducing our electrical usage. The Starcare team completed an analysis of energy usage at our Coleshill depot and drew up a proposal to take the project forward.”

He adds: “After just one month of implementing Star’s suggestions we achieved our lowest electrical usage since 2003. We now plan to carry out the same changes at other depots as soon as possible. Working with Star has been an easy proposition; the team audited our systems, applied their proposals and followed through with cost savings – what more could we ask for?”

Yearsley Group’s Starcare PPM programme includes ongoing customer feedback and prioritised action plans. Regular meetings are held between Star engineers and the Coleshill site management team to review and update the Starcare schedule.

When it comes to designing and maintaining energy efficient cooling and heating systems, Star is a natural innovator. Star works with strategic partners across the globe to deliver low carbon, cost saving solutions.

Star Refrigeration

Tel: 0141 638 7916


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