Investing in Green Equipment for Your Commercial Kitchen

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Estimates show that the commercial food service sector spends $10 billion a year on energy, 80% of which is wasted due to inefficient equipment. With escalating energy costs, it is necessary to make energy saving changes now before profit margins disappear completely.

Think About Tomorrow Before You Buy Today

Most commercial kitchen equipment lasts for 10 to 15 years. Over this time frame, any cost difference between energy-efficient and standard models (if there is a difference) will quickly be offset by energy savings. And any energy savings beyond the initial payback can add up to a lot of money when compiled for a decade or more.

Save Money with Energy-Efficient Equipment

The following tables represent equipment lists for a typical full-service and quick serve restaurant. These estimates show that a typical food service establishment, outfitted with an entire line of energy-efficient equipment, can use approximately 25% to 27% less energy than a comparable, standard-equipped establishment.

Typical Full Service Restaurant
Equipment Type (Quantity)StandardEnergy-EfficientSavings
Solid Reach-In Refrigerator (1)$210$97$113
Undercounter Refrigerator (1)$146$124$22
Lighting – Incandescent (14)$26$7$19
Lighting – Fluorescent (14)$34$25$9
Solid Reach-In Freezer (1)$432$281$151
Walk-in Freezer/Cooler (2)$118$39$79
Hot-Food Holding Cabinet (2)$767$438$329
Fryer – Gas (3)$1,169$806$363
Steamer (2)$2,700$508$2,192
Undercounter Freezer (1)$228$196$32
Glass Reach-In Refrigerator (1)$325$163$162
Convection Oven – Gas (1)$1,051$731$320
Prep Table (2)$406$182$224
Toaster (1)$964$128$836
Broiler – Gas (1)$3,539$2,882$657
Hot Water Heater – Gas (1)$11,354$10,358$996
Combination Oven$4,163$2,596$1,567
Pre-Rinse Sprayer (1)$1,973$1,052$921
Warewasher (1)$7,657.00$6,432.00$1,225.00
Ice Machine (2)$3,650$2,940$710
Demand Control Exhaust Hood (1)$7,500$5,000$2,500
Griddle – Gas (1)$1,117$1,056$61
Totals$49,529$36,041$13,488
Assumptions: $ 0.10/kWh, $1.00/therm, $2.00/CCF water, $3.00/CCF sewer. Steamer and spray nozzle savings include consideration of water and sewer costs. Attributes for standard-efficiency appliances and high-efficiency/ENERGY STAR appliances derived from default settings in online calculators. Calculations for lighting assume 100-W incandescent, 27-W CFL, 16 hours of daily use. Calculations for exit signs assume 40-W incandescent sign, 2-W light-emitting diode (LED) sign. Spray nozzle savings assume gas water heating. Constants updated 01/08
Typical Quick Serve Restaurant
Equipment Type (Quantity)StandardEnergy-EfficientSavings
Fryer – Gas (4)$1,559$1,075$484
Griddle – Gas (2)$1,489.00$1,407.00$82.00
Reach-In Refrigerator (1)$210$97$113
Walk-In Freezer/Cooler (2)$118$39$79
Ice Machine (1)$3,650$2,940$710
Pre-Rinse Sprayer (1)$493$263$230
Prep Table (2)$406$182$224
Instantaneous Water Heater (1)$3,436$2,972$464
Lighting – Fluorescent (10)$34$25$9
Lighting – Incandescent (8)$26$7$19
Proximity Exhaust Hood (1)$4,000$2,500$1,500
Totals$15,421$11,507$3,914
Assumptions: $ 0.10/kWh, $1.00/therm, $2.00/CCF water, $3.00/CCF sewer. Steamer and spray nozzle savings include consideration of water and sewer costs. Attributes for standard-efficiency appliances and high-efficiency/ENERGY STAR appliances derived from default settings in online calculators. Calculations for lighting assume 100-W incandescent, 27-W CFL, 16 hours of daily use. Calculations for exit signs assume 40-W incandescent sign, 2-W light-emitting diode (LED) sign. Spray nozzle savings assume gas water heating. Constants updated 01/08

The Importance of Proper Use

Purchasing energy-efficient food service equipment is not enough to assure significant cost savings. Proper use and maintenance are the key ingredients to saving money. Make sure your employees understand the correct methods for operating and maintaining your restaurant equipment.

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Maggie Moulatsiotis

Maggie is the Director of Marketing at FoodServiceWarehouse.com, a pescetarian and a newly minted DIY and home cook extraordinaire. She lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband and very cute puppy, Puka.

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