Cost-effective coolers for farms, breweries, wineries, florists, caterers, restaurants and grocery stores

CoolBot at Wishing Stone Farm

Inside CoolBot at Wishing Stone Farm

Over 18,000 CoolBots use standard window air conditioners to turn super-insulated rooms into walk-in coolers. Farmers, florists, breweries, wineries, pubs, caterers, restaurants and grocery stores use CoolBots.

CoolBot cooler systems cost less to install compared with conventional compressor-cooled walk-in refrigerators or coolers. Conventional coolers use more electricity, have higher repair bills and tend to dry out greens and vegetables more than CoolBot cooled coolers.

CoolBot controllers cost about $300. Ron Khosla of Huguenot Street Farm in New Paltz, NY invented CoolBots.

CoolBot systems are ideal for users who access their cooler less than five times per hour and want to maintain a cooler temperature of 37 degrees F or above. These users will save the most electricity compared to using conventional coolers. Users who seek 36 degrees F will need to open the door less often and be patient while the temperature drops to 36. These users will save some electricity compared to using a conventional cooler. Users who need coolers to maintain temperatures below 34 degrees F should use conventional coolers with compressors.

Anyone can build a super-insulated room. Learn how and read more about CoolBots here.


About Sanne Kure-Jensen

Sanne Kure-Jensen is a frequent contributor to Country Folks, Country Folks Grower and Wine & Grape Grower bringing regional and national attention to agriculture in RI and across southern New England. She has also written for newsletters of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA), Holistic Management International (HMI), RI Beekeepers Association and RI Tree Council. Read Sanne’s work at her Sustainable Living page at Sanne has written successful grant applications for alternative energy projects, staff and board training, products and services. Clients include agricultural businesses, farm stand/markets and non-profit organizations. Recent successful grant projects include a $90,000 USDA Rural Development‘s Rural Energy For America Program (REAP), $10,000 Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Farmer and $20,000 Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG). Sanne is the part-time Administrator for NOFA/RI, a Rhode Island Certified Horticulturist and beekeeper. She is a NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional and has lectured across southern New England on Beekeeping, Native Pollinators and Ecological Landscape Design. Learn more about the NOFA’s Land Care programs or contact Sanne for a garden consultation through the NOFA/RI website.
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