Looking to Create a Green Kitchen? Buying ENERGY STAR® is the First Step

The restaurant industry is ever changing and being impacted by trends. A more popular trend that is sweeping business’ of all types is the effort to be more environmentally friendly. Due to the popularity, manufacturers are producing restaurant equipment that are efficient enough to qualify for an ENERGY STAR® rating. Some restaurant owners are slow or unwilling to buy ENERGY STAR® rated products due to the higher costs, but the return on investment is worth it in comparison to conventional food service equipment. There are many benefits to buying ENERGY STAR® and there are eight types of commercial equipment that can qualify for the rating. Below are the benefits and advantages to buying ENERGY STAR® and how they can help achieve a green kitchen.

What You Save When You Buy ENERGY STAR®


Facilities with commercial kitchens use approximately 250 MBTU/sq.ft.—roughly 2.5 times more energy per square foot than other commercial buildings. Outfitting an entire kitchen with a suite of ENERGY STAR® qualified equipment could save operators about 285 MBTU/year annually.


ENERGY STAR® qualified products could cost as much as 50 percent less than their conventional counterparts. A kitchen using all ENERGY STAR® qualified equipment can save operators approximately $2500 per year versus traditional kitchens.


ENERGY STAR® qualified steam cookers, dishwashers, and ice machines are up to 90% more water efficient than non-qualified equipment.


Equipment that carries the ENERGY STAR® qualified rating helps eliminate excess heat and noise generated by inefficient appliances.


Products that Can Qualify for an ENERGY STAR® Rating

The follow product categories have equipment that can qualify for an ENERGY STAR® rating. Also listed are the benefits and possible savings if you choose to buy ENERGY STAR® rated products.


Refrigerators & Freezers

ENERGY STAR® qualified commercial refrigerators and freezers are more efficient because they are designed with components like ECM evaporators and condenser fan motors, hot gas anti-sweat heaters or high efficiency compressors, which will significantly reduce energy consumption and utility bills. These units feature average energy savings of around 35% to 45%. Each ENERGY STAR® refrigerator or freezer could potentially save you well over $1,000 in utility costs throughout the unit’s life cycle, making the full cost of ownership much lower than standard units.

Ice Machines

ENERGY STAR® commercial ice machines include air-cooled models that are modular, self-contained or remote condensing. Batch-type ice makers save on average about 1,200 kWh or $130 per year in electricity bill costs. They are on average 15% more energy efficient and 23% more water efficient than standard models. These units can save you an average of $40 per year and 6,300 gallons per year due to reduced water usage. Continuous-type ice makers are on average 15% more energy efficient than standard models. These units can save you, on average, about 1500kWh or $160 per year on utility bills.

Cooking Equipment

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On average, ENERGY STAR® qualified ovens are 20% more energy-efficient than standard models.


ENERGY STAR® fryers offer shorter cook times, faster temperature recovery, and ultimately higher pound-per-hour production rates, through advanced burner and heat exchanger designs. Qualified models are up to 30% more energy efficient on standard sizes. This equates to savings of $100 on an electric fryer and $470 on a gas fryer. A large vat fryer qualifies when it is 35% more energy efficient than non-qualified items. This equates to savings of $170 on an electric fryer and $500 on a gas fryer annually.


ENERGY STAR® qualified steamers have a sealed cooking cavity that consumes a fraction of the energy and water required by traditional open systems. The average ENERGY STAR® commercial steamer is 60% more energy efficient than a standard model! This can save you $1,000 for water and sewer costs annually, and $1,100 to $1,200 in gas or electricity annually.


Commercial griddles with the ENERGY STAR® label are 10% more energy efficient than standard models. This equates to $120 a year or $1,100 for the lifetime of the griddle on gas models and $100 per year or $1,200 for the life of the griddle on electric models.

Holding and Transport Cabinets

ENERGY STAR® warming and holding equipment feature improved insulation, so heat stays in the cabinet and out of the kitchen. An insulated ENERGY STAR® holding cabinet uses about half the energy consumed by an uninsulated cabinet. Overall, qualified units boast approximately 70% better energy efficiency. On average, certified models can save $300 per year for electricity, or over $2,800 over the product lifetime.




Commercial dishwashers can be one of the most expensive units in your kitchen, because they utilize a lot of energy in a small amount of time. Dishwashers that have earned the ENERGY STAR® label are on average 40% more energy efficient and 40% more water efficient than standard models. Qualified models must meet maximum water consumption requirements during the final rinse, and use less energy while idling between wash cycles. Using an ENERGY STAR® qualified dishwasher can save you $720 annually on electricity, and $300 annually on water

Still Have Questions?

We understand that you may have more questions before you are ready to purchase ENERGY STAR® rated equipment. Our helpful product consultants are here to ensure that the buying process is a breeze and can point you to the equipment that adhere to the ENERGY STAR® guidelines. Be sure to visit Energystar.gov to see if any of your current equipment qualify and for more in depth information. Also be sure to check out our website for more than 400 products that have an ENERGY STAR® rating.


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