Commercial food service equipment

Buy ENERGY STAR® certified products to save you money!

Did you know that food preparation equipment consumes 35% of the energy in the average Canadian commercial or institutional kitchen? Food service is an energy-intensive business. Commercial kitchens use up to seven times more energy per square metre than other commercial spaces.

Breakdown of energy use by kitchen functional area

Source: Figure reproduced from ENERGY STAR Guide for Restaurants - Putting Energy into Profit, 2010, United States Environmental Protection Agency.

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Breakdown of energy use by kitchen functional area

Pie graph shows the share of energy used by different functions: food preparation, 35%; heating, ventilation and cooling (HVAC), 28%; sanitation, 18%; lighting, 13%; and refrigeration, 6%.

When buying commercial food service equipment, it’s important to remember the cost of energy to operate a product over its lifetime is just as important as its purchase price. In fact, some of these products can differ in their energy use by 70%!

Make the switch to ENERGY STAR certified commercial food service equipment to cut your electricity bill and reduce your carbon footprint.

Energy Star logoENERGY STAR certified commercial food service products

The following ENERGY STAR certified products are available in Canada.

Cooking/warming equipment

ENERGY STAR 2017 awards winners

Cooling/refrigeration equipment

Warewashing equipment

Find certified products using the ENERGY STAR Product Finder. (Note: you will be redirected to the US ENERGY STAR website. Click “Canada” as your market).

Related products, NOT eligible for ENERGY STAR

Helpful tips

  • Read your owner’s manuals and operating guidelines to ensure you are benefitting from energy-saving features of your commercial kitchen products.
  • The layout of your kitchen is also a significant factor in saving energy. For example, arrange equipment so that appliances do not interfere with each other’s energy performance. Contact a professional in commercial kitchen design or kitchen energy efficiency for expert advice.
  • Don’t forget to look as well for ENERGY STAR certified lighting and ENERGY STAR certified heatingventilation and air conditioning equipment. A well planned system means both comfort and energy savings.
  • Visit the individual product pages above for more helpful tips.
  • For further information on improving energy efficiency visit our energy efficiency library

Tools to find energy efficient food service equipment

  • The easiest way to identify efficient commercial food service equipment is to look for the ENERGY STAR symbol. All ENERGY STAR certified products are tested to meet strict efficiency standards and are certified by an independent third party. They perform the same as or better than standard products without compromising performance in any way.
  • Commercial refrigerators & freezers (self-contained), ice makers (ice machines) and refrigerated beverage vending machines are subject to Canada's Energy Efficiency Regulations, which set a minimum performance standard for their energy efficiency. The Regulations help eliminate the least efficient products from the Canadian market.

The ENERGY STAR name and symbol are administered and promoted in Canada by Natural Resources Canada and are registered in Canada by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.