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. Cooking and refrigeration equipment is eligible for an instant discount at participating restaurant suppliers.
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%.
The following cooking solutions are eligible for instant discounts at participating restaurant suppliers:
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.
The following refrigeration solutions are eligible for instant discounts at participating restaurant suppliers:
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.
As part of the project approval process, you will accept the C&I Prescriptive Program’s Terms and Conditions.
If you work with a contractor that is not yet a Qualified Partner, urge your contractor to find out more information here.