Energy Solutions: A Guide for Restaurants

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Royal Vista Golf Club Orders Energy Savings

The Royal Vista Golf Club received a $1,000 cash incentive to upgrade to a more energy-efficient oven. They reduced their annual energy use by 18,000k kWh and saved $2,000 in its annual energy bill. With Time-Of-Use rates in effect, it’s worth taking advantage of similar energy-saving strategies for your business.

Business Energy Advisor

Your business has unique energy needs, and we have customized recommendations to help you manage them. Take a survey to get information about your equipment and energy use habits, and then build an energy plan to help you achieve greater energy efficiency and better manage your bottom line.

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Finance Your Energy-Efficient Projects

Several restaurants have already taken advantage of energy-efficient equipment. To help your business receive these same cost-efficient benefits, we offer low-interest financing for qualified energy-efficient projects.

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Energy-Efficient Solutions and Tips for Restaurants

Here are just a few of the energy-efficient programs and suggestions that our customers have employed to increase their cost efficiency. You’ll also find more energy-efficient solutions in our Small Restaurant Fact Sheet and Institutional Food Service Fact Sheet, and a complete list of all our qualifying energy-efficiency incentives and demand response programs by requesting our Solutions Directory

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Lighting and Lighting Controls

Help improve your energy efficiency by better managing your lighting costs.

  • Install inexpensive occupancy sensors
  • Use LED bulbs and LED exit signs
  • Install dimmable ballasts to lower energy use in fluorescent lamps
  • Install sensory controllers on vending machines
  • Upgrade to new generation T8 lamps and fixtures

Your business may already qualify for incentives that could put these energy-saving improvements into effect.

Energy-Efficient Refrigeration and Cooking Equipment

Replace energy-guzzling used equipment with new, more efficient equipment to quickly add benefits to your bottom line. Upgrade to more energy-efficient ENERGY STAR® certified deck ovens, fryers, griddles, steamers, and exhaust hoods.

  • Install refrigeration curtains and auto door closers on walk-ins and freezers
  • Switch to automatic sensor ice machines that turn off during TOU On-Peak hours
  • Replace worn seals and gaskets on refrigerator and freezer doors
  • Use night covers on both vertical and horizontal display cases

Your business can benefit from even more energy-efficient equipment options.

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Cooling

Maximize your energy saving by effectively managing your air-conditioning systems.

  • Install programmable thermostats
  • Install window film and blinds to keep the heat out
  • Switch to LED bulbs and decrease the amount of office heat and A/C energy use
  • Sign up for HVAC Maintenance

There are many more energy-efficient solutions for your business.

Demand Response Programs (DR)

With these programs, receive bill credits for temporarily reducing energy use upon request during periods of high-energy demand. Choose the ones that best fit your operational needs.

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Automated Demand Response (Auto-DR)

Receive energy savings by using smart technology that effortlessly and temporarily reduces the amount of energy your business uses (known as “load reduction”) during a DR event. With Auto-DR, load reduction is automatic and reliable, so it’s easier to participate in DR programs to capitalize on program earnings and help lower your energy costs.

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No-Cost, Do-It-Yourself Tips

Here are some immediate ways to significantly reduce your business energy use.

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