Question: Before patio season, we will be installing new energy-efficient refrigerators that will hopefully result in some savings. Do you have any advice or tips to get us even more energy-efficient by the summer 

Answer: Updating your equipment is an excellent way to launch a new season with energy efficiency. We will gladly provide some additional energy saving tips your restaurant can consider.


It was just announced that the US is introducing new energy efficiency standards for commercial refrigeration with a 30-year plan that will result in 30 per cent energy savings, save businesses up to $11.7 billion on energy bills and cut down on carbon pollution by about 142 million tones, according to Refrigeration and Air Conditioning magazine.

It’s amazing how energy-efficient appliances, well-maintained and high-functioning can make such a difference. Purchasing ENERGY STAR qualified commercial appliances is a great step in a green, successful direction.

“Qualified refrigerators and freezers can save over 45% of the energy used by conventional models, which equals as much as $140 annually for refrigerators and $100 for freezers; deep fryers can save between $60 and $180 per year; hot food holding cabinets can save up to $280 per year; and steam cookers can save between $450 and $820 per year depending on fuel,” says the US Small Business Administration.

In efforts to get your restaurant ready for patio season, here are some other suggestions to get your business as energy-efficient as possible.

Check, update and maintain your HVAC system

Heating and air conditioning systems need annual maintenance and even new ENERGY STAR qualified HVAC systems need a tune up. So before we launch into air-conditioning season, enlist the help of a HVAC contractor to provide a check up that will have your system running at the highest efficiency — this will result in both energy savings and a longer life for your HVAC system.

Make sure the fans in your restaurants are operating well as they are useful for helping with airflow and circulating the heating and cooling of your building. Have your filters changed or cleaned monthly to avoid exhausting your equipment and to make sure you’re circulating good indoor air quality.

Heating and cooling a restaurant accounts for a large portion of your overall energy use — by maximizing energy efficiency in this area, you will experience savings on your utility bills.

Make every drop count and get your restaurant water efficient

Water and energy go hand in hand — especially in the food service industry. Make sure you fix those leaky faucets and train your staff to avoid running unnecessary water.

For more tips on maximizing water efficiency in your restaurant, check this out.

To see how your business fares with energy efficiency, try out free interactive Energy Audit. We also have sweet rebates and incentives.



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