Many restaurant, school, and hospital kitchens have opportunities for increased savings through the installation of energy-efficient cooking and food storage equipment. Efficiency Maine offers incentives for high-efficiency equipment for ventilation, cooking and refrigeration.
Demand Control Kitchen Ventilation
Demand Control Kitchen Ventilation systems regulate fan speed depending on real-time demand rather than functioning at full capacity all day. Demand control ventilation systems can reduce energy required by ventilation as much as 65%.
High-efficiency combination ovens are versatile units that allow simultaneous cooking, steaming, and baking. Incentives are available for natural gas and propane models with 40% rated efficiency or higher.
ENERGY STAR® Certified commercial convection ovens are approximately 20% more energy efficient than standard models. Upgrading your convection oven can result in reduced heat loss, a cooler kitchen, and faster and more uniform cooking. Full-size natural gas and propane convection ovens are eligible for an incentive from Efficiency Maine.
ENERGY STAR® Certified fryers are approximately 30% more efficient than standard models. Their efficient burners, efficient heat exchangers, and insulation levels reduce cook times and stand-by losses. ENERGY STAR® fryers that use natural gas or propane are eligible for an incentive from Efficiency Maine.
High-efficiency griddles can help you reduce natural gas or propane consumption because of their thermostatic controls. High-efficiency models can also result in more even cooking because of greater uniformity of temperature across the griddle plate.
ENERGY STAR® certified steam cookers, or compartment steamers, are up to 50% more energy efficient than standard models. Upgrading to a high-efficiency steam cooker can result in higher production rates, shorter cook times, reduced heat loss, reduced energy consumption, and reduced water consumption.
Commercial ENERGY STAR® Reach-in Cooler and Freezers
According to ENERGY STAR®, high-efficiency coolers and freezers can save up to 45% compared to standard models.
Commercial ENERGY STAR® Ice Makers
On average, efficient ice makers use 15% less energy than standard models; upgrading to an energy efficient ice maker can also reduce water usage. Efficiency Maine offers incentives for high-efficiency commercial ice makers.
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Interested in more information on high-efficiency commercial kitchen information? ENERGY STAR has a helpful guide to commercial kitchen efficiency that can be found here. ENERGY STAR has also developed a commercial kitchen equipment calculator.
Work with an Efficiency Maine Qualified Partner to install high-efficiency commercial kitchen equipment. Click here to find a Qualified Partner working near you. If you work with a contractor that is not yet a Qualified Partner, urge your contractor to find out more information here.