How Much Can You Save With Energy-Efficient Equipment?
According to the Consortium for Energy Efficiency, a nonprofit group dedicated to energy savings in residential and commercial applications (www.cee1.org), the foodservice market consists of the most energy-intensive commercial buildings, consuming close to 250,000 Btu/sq. ft., roughly 2.5 times more energy per square foot than any other commercial buildings. By addressing technologies related to cooking, refrigeration and sanitation, significant energy and water savings can be achieved.
Energy consumption in a typical foodservice facility is approximately 30 percent for cooking, 19 percent for refrigeration and 10 percent for sanitation. These three combined uses represent roughly 50 percent of the energy consumed in a typical foodservice facility. The total savings potential from a more efficient commercial kitchen can vary from 10 to 30 percent depending on the technology installed.
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Add Up The Savings
Thanks to the EPA ENERGY STAR® program, a variety of energy saving calculators can help you estimate your own energy savings when updating current kitchen equipment with new energy efficient models. The calculators allow you to use your local electric or gas rates, or to accept national averages. And they can even calculate the impact of any available rebates when you purchase new equipment.
Each calculator provides a standardized, printable payback analysis – especially handy when preparing return-on-investment documents for your company.