Upgrading restaurant equipment to energy efficient models, maximizing water heater efficiency, and installing Energy Star rated ceiling fans and ventilation, just to name a few green strategies, all mean spending some money before you save some.
For years the obstacle of spending money up front to save money down the road has been one of the major impediments preventing business owners from maximizing energy efficiency.
As energy costs continue to rise, the benefits of investing in energy efficiency has become a more and more appealing venture.
Local and state governments have also recognized the environmental and social benefits of encouraging energy efficiency, and have responded with rebate rewards for businesses that adopt energy efficient practices.
So when you are considering implementing some energy efficient upgrades in your restaurant or commercial kitchen, keep in mind that significant cost can be offset by rebates.
To find rebates available in your area, check out Energy Star’s Rebate Finder. This is a great tool, however, this rebate finder will only search for available rebates when purchasing new Energy Star rated restaurant equipment.
Federal tax credits are also available for commercial buildings for money spent to make heating and cooling more efficient. State and local tax credits may also be available, depending on where you live.
Even utility companies have gotten into the act, and many reward energy efficient practices with a rebate on your energy bill.
More and more utility companies are offering rebates for purchasing Energy Star rated equipment and adopting energy efficient practices. Check with your local utility company and get a full list of rebates available.