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Commercial food service (CFS) equipment is found in restaurants, hotels, hospitals or any building with a cafeteria.  These facilities consume significantly more energy than other types of buildings – using approximately 350,000 Btu/sq. ft; roughly 5 – 7 times more energy per square foot than other commercial buildings, such as office buildings and retail stores. High volume quick-service restaurants (QSRs) may even use up to 10 times more energy per square foot than other commercial buildings.  According to the PG&E Food Service Technology Center, in a commercial kitchen, food prep consumes the greatest percentage of energy (35%) followed by HVAC, sanitation, lighting and refrigeration.


Save Energy, Save Money

The ENERGY STAR program helps restaurant and commercial kitchen operators save energy and money on utility bills by identifying more energy efficient equipment.  Purchasing ENERGY STAR certified CFS equipment for new construction or to replace aging equipment can cut kitchen utility costs without sacrificing features, quality, or style – all while making significant contributions to a cleaner environment.  When choosing equipment, make sure you take into account the total cost of ownership.  The purchase price is often a small portion of the total cost.  Certified dishwashers, ice machines and steam cookers also save water which helps operators lower their water and sewer bills. Certified equipment is 10-70% more efficient than standard equipment, depending on product type.

ENERGY STAR certified commercial water heaters can save a full service restaurant $1,500 per year.  These include gas storage and instantaneous (tankless) units that use 75% of the energy of a conventional commercial unit by employing more efficient heat exchangers. 

A WaterSense labeled commercial Pre-Rinse Spray Valve (PRSV) is one of the most cost-effective energy- and water-saving devices available to the food service operator. While the current standard for high-efficiency PRSVs is 1.6 gpm, WaterSense labeled models are independently certified to use 1.28 gpm or less without sacrificing cleaning power. Kitchens can save more than 7,000 gallons of water per year—equivalent to washing nearly 5,000 racks of dishes.

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CFS products in the following eight categories may earn the ENERGY STAR: fryers, hot food holding cabinets, commercial refrigerators and freezers, commercial steam cookers, commercial dishwashers, commercial ice makers, commercial griddles, and commercial ovens. Qualified products can save up to as much as 50 percent over their conventional counterparts.

For a list of ENERGY STAR partners that sell ENERGY STAR qualified equipment, see Where to Buy.

For a list of CFS incentives, please see either the CFS Incentive Guide or the ENERGY STAR CFS Incentive Finder.

The ENERGY STAR CFS Incentive Finder displays utility incentives for ENERGY STAR qualified commercial food service equipment.

The CFS Incentive Guide Excel icon is an excel spreadsheet that includes incentives for both ENERGY STAR qualified equipment and energy efficient equipment not covered by the ENERGY STAR program.


Did You Know?

A commercial kitchen, outfitted with food service equipment that has earned the ENERGY STAR, can save about $4,500 in energy costs, while preventing about 34,000 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions, every year.