Chick-fil-A—the second-largest quick-service chicken restaurant in the US—has opened a new restaurant in Fort Worth, Texas that includes some serious energy efficiency measures.

According to an article in the Atlanta Constitution-Journal (Chick-fil-A’s corporate headquarters is in Atlanta), the 4,617 square-foot establishment will be the first Chick-fil-A restaurant to seek Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification standards.

Although company spokespeople say building an energy efficient restaurant is about 15 percent more expensive than conventional construction, the energy savings will justify the investment.

So what can you learn from Chick-fil-A’s venture into energy efficiency? Think about following its lead.

Some of Chick-fil-A’s energy efficiency measures include:

  • Low-flow appliances in bathrooms and kitchens
  • An irrigation cistern that collects rain to water plants and landscaping—a measure that’s projected to reduce water use by up to 40 percent
  • Construction products made from recycled materials
  • On-demand vent hoods
  • An emphasis on high efficiency lighting and water fixtures across Chick-fil-A’s stand-alone restaurants

What do you think? Is investing in energy efficiency worth it? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Image credit: Chick-fil-A