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Simple actions can make a big difference. Based on projected shipments of ENERGY STAR qualified CFS equipment, it is expected that approximately 130,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions will be avoided annually, equivalent to emissions from about 25,000 cars.
According to Pacific Gas and Electric Company's Food Service Technology Center, much of the annual energy use for the commercial food service (CFS) sector does no useful work. These lost energy dollars are often wasted in the form of excess heat and noise generated by inefficient appliances, heating ventilation and air conditioning systems, lighting and refrigeration.
To help counter these costs, ENERGY STAR helps restaurant owners and operators improve the performance of their facilities and equipment while reducing energy costs. Restaurants that invest strategically can cut utility costs 10 to 30 percent without sacrificing service, quality, style or comfort - while making significant contributions to a cleaner environment.
Restaurants, or facilities with commercial kitchens, feature the majority of this equipment and consume significantly more energy than other types of buildings - using approximately 350,000 Btu/sq.ft. This is 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.
ENERGY STAR qualified equipment can be an answer to mounting energy bills. Purchasing ENERGY STAR qualified CFS equipment as a package for new kitchen construction or as a replacement for aging equipment, can save significant amounts of money and energy on foodservice operators' electric, gas, water and sewer bills.
Outfitting an entire kitchen with a suite of ENERGY STAR qualified CFS equipment could save operators about 340 Mbtu/year annually, or the equivalent of approximately $3,100.
Besides saving energy, ENERGY STAR qualified steam cookers and commercial dishwashers save water. Steam cookers that have earned the ENERGY STAR are 90 percent more water efficient than non-qualified steam cookers; an ENERGY STAR qualified commercial dishwasher is 25 percent more water efficient than standard models.
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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 is an excel spreadsheet that includes incentives for both ENERGY STAR qualified equipment and energy efficient equipment not covered by the ENERGY STAR program.
These are the top FAQs related to Commercial Kitchen Package and the ENERGY STAR program.