Food Service for Businesses (E)
Restaurants and cafeterias typically operate with a tight profit margin and are very conscious of controlling food and labor costs. But, when it comes to controlling energy costs for their equipment, restaurant managers may not know how or where to start. Kitchens are very intense energy users, so using energy efficient equipment is a great way to control costs.
Bright Energy Solutions®
offers incentives for a variety of ENERGY STAR®
rated cooking and refrigeration equipment that will help you save energy and save money. Then, you can concentrate on the great food and excellent service that your customers expect.
For additional energy-saving tips for your restaurant, check out the ENERGY STAR® Guide for Restaurants: Putting Energy into Profits.
Frequently Asked Questions
A: Used or rebuilt equipment is not eligible for Food Service Bright Energy Solutions incentives. Existing equipment must be removed and properly disposed of.
A: All ENERGY STAR qualified equipment meets the requirements for Food Service Bright Energy Solutions® incentives. ENERGY STAR qualifications are not yet widely in place for griddles and ovens. Griddles and convection ovens must have a Cooking Energy Efficiency of 0.70 and combination ovens must have a minimum Cooking Energy Efficiency of 0.60.
Use the cold or warm water settings when possible. By switching from hot to warm, you can cut energy use in half.
Wash full loads whenever possible. If you must wash a small load, use the appropriate water level setting.
Do not run the dishwasher until you have a full load; use the air-dry feature whenever possible.