Food Service Businesses of All Types and Sizes Are Saving Energy and Money With Washington Gas

Meet the unique needs of your food service business with new, high-efficiency natural gas equipment. It’s a smart way to reduce operational expenses while keeping employees and customers satisfied. With increased energy efficiency, your establishment will also reduce your carbon footprint.

Washington Gas offers rebates and technical assistance to help cover the cost of your purchase and set you up to save for years to come. Popular equipment upgrades for food service customers include:

  • Ovens
  • Gas fryers
  • Griddles
  • Broilers
  • Kitchen demand ventilation controls
  • Commercial dishwashers
  • Water and space heating equipment
  • HVAC tune-ups
  • Spray rinse valves

Together, HVAC and cooking account for around 63% of the energy a restaurant uses. And restaurants use five to 10 times more energy per square foot compared to other commercial buildings. Upgrading to high-efficiency natural gas equipment such as ovens and dishwashers is one of the best ways to reduce operating costs while getting the reliability and performance your restaurant needs to operate at its best.

Additional benefits may include:

  • Shortened cook times and increased production
  • Greater equipment reliability
  • Less downtime from equipment failures
  • Reduced greenhouse gas emissions
  • Improved air quality and comfort for customers and staff

 

Rebate-Eligible Equipment

Washington Gas can help make energy-efficient restaurant equipment more affordable. Food service customers get an average rebate of $1,489 per project. That’s equal to purchasing 696 14-ounce wine glasses.

An average-sized grocery store spends more than $200,000 annually on energy costs. By improving energy efficiency at your store, you can save energy and money while increasing customer satisfaction.

Additional benefits may include:

  • Greater equipment reliability
  • Less downtime from equipment failures
  • Reduced greenhouse gas emissions
  • Improved air quality and comfort for customers and staff

 

Rebate-Eligible Equipment

Washington Gas offers rebates to help you cover the cost of high-efficiency natural gas equipment. Per project, grocery stores get an average rebate of $2,583—the equivalent of selling 747 gallons of milk or 1,009 loaves of bread.

From bars and breweries to convenience stores and more, the food service industry consumes roughly 2.5 times more energy per square foot than commercial office buildings. New, high-efficiency natural gas equipment can help you:

  • Lower your operating costs
  • Shorten cook times and increase production
  • Reduce heat and water losses
  • Improve comfort for customers and employees
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • Have greater equipment reliability
  • Avoid downtime from equipment failures

 

Rebate-Eligible Equipment

Washington Gas offers rebates to help you cover the cost of high-efficiency natural gas equipment. Small food and beverage businesses earn an average rebate of $1,643. That’s enough to purchase 77 pounds of artisanal flour.

Food Service

ELIGIBLE EQUIPMENT

EFFICIENCY REQUIREMENT

REBATE

Combination Oven - Half Size

ENERGY STAR® or ≥ 56% Efficient in Convection Mode

≥ 41% Efficient in Steam Mode

$1,200/unit

Combination Oven - Full Size

ENERGY STAR or ≥ 56% Efficient in Convection Mode

≥ 41% Efficient in Steam Mode

$2,200/unit

Convection Oven

ENERGY STAR or ≥ 46% Efficient

$1,000/unit

Conveyor Oven

≥ 42% Efficient

$1,500/unit

Rack Oven - Single

ENERGY STAR or ≥ 48% Efficient

$3,000/unit

Rack Oven - Double

ENERGY STAR or ≥ 52% Efficient

$4,000/unit

Rotisserie Oven

N/A

$1,000/unit

Gas Fryer - Standard Vat

ENERGY STAR or ≥ 50% Efficient

$1,500/unit

Gas Fryer - Large Vat

ENERGY STAR or ≥ 50% Efficient

$2,000/unit

Gas Griddle - Single

ENERGY STAR or ≥ 38% Efficient

$750/unit

Gas Griddle - Double

ENERGY STAR or ≥ 38% Efficient

$1,250/unit

Gas Steam Cooker ≤ 6 Pans

ENERGY STAR or ≥ 38% Efficient

$1,500/unit

Gas Steam Cooker > 6 Pans

ENERGY STAR or ≥ 38% Efficient

$2,000/unit

Broiler

N/A

$500/unit

Commercial Dishwasher

ENERGY STAR

$500/unit

Kitchen Demand Ventilation Controls ≤ 7.5 HP

N/A

$200/hp of motor

Spray Rinse Valve

N/A

$30/unit

Boiler Systems

ELIGIBLE EQUIPMENT

CAPACITY

EFFICIENCY REQUIREMENT

REBATE

Small Boiler Tier 1

< 300 MBH

≥ 90% AFUE

$4.00/MBH

Small Boiler Tier 2

< 300 MBH

> 92% AFUE

$5.50/MBH

Large Boiler

≥ 300 and ≤5,000 MBH

≥ 94% TE

$3.00/MBH

Boiler Cut Out Control

≤ 2,500 MBH

N/A

$0.25/MBH

High Pressure Steam Trap

N/A

> 75 PSIG, Tested

$300/unit

Medium Pressure Steam Trap

N/A

≥ 15 PSIG, Tested

$200/unit

Steam Boiler Trap Repair/Replace

N/A

≥ 250 PSIG, Tested

$100/unit

Outdoor Air Reset

≤ 2,500 MBH

N/A

$0.25/MBH

HVAC Tune-Up

ELIGIBLE EQUIPMENT

INSULATION

EFFICIENCY REQUIREMENT

REBATE

Wrap Pipes

≥ 1”- 2” thick

≥ 1” of Insulation for Indoor Pipes ≥ 2” of Insulation for Outdoor Pipes

$3.00/foot

Wrap Pipes

> 2”- 4” thick

≥ 1” of Insulation for Indoor Pipes ≥ 2” of Insulation for Outdoor Pipes

$5.00/foot

Wrap Water Heater

N/A

≥ 1” of Insulation for Indoor Tanks ≥ 2” of Insulation for Outdoor Tanks

$75

Water Heater Temperature Setback

N/A

N/A

$50

 

Water and Space Heating

 

ELIGIBLE EQUIPMENT

 

CAPACITY

 

EFFICIENCY REQUIREMENT

 

REBATE

Large Furnace Tier 1

≥ 300 and ≤ 500 MBH

≥ 92% TE

$2.25/MBH

Large Furnace Tier 2

≥ 300 and ≤ 500 MBH

> 95% TE

$2.75/MBH

Small Furnace Tier 1

< 300 MBH

≥ 92% AFUE

$2.50/MBH

Small Furnace Tier 2

< 300 MBH

> 95% AFUE

$3.00/MBH

Infrared Heater

≤ 500 MBH

N/A

$2.50/MBH

Wi-Fi Enabled Thermostat

N/A

N/A

$100/unit

Large Storage Water Heater

> 75 MBH

≥ 94% TE

$650/unit

Small Storage Water Heater

≤ 75 MBH

≥ 0.66 UEF

$400/unit

Large Tankless Water Heater

> 200 MBH

≥ 86% TE

$650/unit

Small Tankless Water Heater

≤ 200 MBH

≥ 0.82 UEF

$400/unit

Volumetric Water Heater

≤ 1,000 MBH

≥ 86% TE

$1.00/MBH

 

Miscellaneous High-Efficiency Measures

ELIGIBLE EQUIPMENT

EFFICIENCY REQUIREMENT

REBATE

Gas Modulating Valve

N/A

$750/unit

Residential Gas Dryer Installed in Commercial Facility

ENERGY STAR

$100/unit

Residential Clothes Washer Installed in Commercial Facility

ENERGY STAR

$100/unit

Residential Dishwasher Installed in Commercial Facility

ENERGY STAR

$100/unit

Gas-Fired Pool Heater

84% TE

$800/unit

 

 

Let's Get Started

We’re here to help. Washington Gas offers rebates and technical assistance to help you save. Follow these steps to receive a rebate: 

  1. Review your energy efficiency opportunities.​
  2. Check that any new equipment would qualify for a rebate.
  3. Review our participating service providers and identify an installation contractor for your project OR ensure any non-participating installation contractor you’re working with registers with Washington Gas.
  4. Work with your participating service provider to submit your prescriptive or custom incentive application for pre-approval before purchasing new equipment or removing existing equipment.
  5. Work with your participating service provider and/or installation contractor to install your new equipment and submit the final paperwork.​
  6. Enjoy your savings

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Sources: epa.gov, energystar.gov