Restaurants could cut energy use in half, report says

October 14, 2010
A new PNNL report found that fast-food eateries could reduce their energy use by more than 50 percent by using energy-efficient appliances and integrated design methods. One of the largest energy consumers in quick-service restaurants is cooking equipment. Here, an Energy Star-qualified fryer is tested at the Food Service Technology Center in San Ramon, Calif. Photo courtesy of Food Service Technology

Coffee shops and fast-food eateries could reduce their energy use more than 50 percent with ultra-efficient appliances, lights and heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems and other integrated design methods, according to a new report by the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

These measures could save quick-service restaurants between 41 and 52 percent in energy use, depending on the restaurant's location. in the nation's coldest climate zones, such as those in Duluth, Minn., and Fairbanks, Alaska, stand to save the most energy. And it would take between 1.5 and 3.5 years for restaurant owners to recoup their investment through energy savings, the report states.

To calculate these savings, PNNL researchers modeled a typical 2,500-square-foot quick-service restaurant and then plugged it into an computer program called EnergyPlus.

The information will help develop the next series of Advanced Energy Design Guides, which architects, engineers and building designers use to achieve exceptional energy performance in buildings. The report is part of PNNL's ongoing research efforts to help reduce U.S. , as buildings account for more than 40 percent of the nation's total energy use.

Explore further: Energy-efficient house a wish come true for Santa

More information: For a more information on this research and a link to the full report, go to an Oct. 8 announcement by DOE at apps1.eere.energy.gov/news/progress_alerts.cfm/pa_id=419

Related Stories

Energy-efficient house a wish come true for Santa

December 20, 2004

Christmas costs can make us all a bit less jolly, but there are a number of ways even Ole St. Nick can save money throughout the year and help offset the high cost of the holiday. For openers, the Clauses could live in a ...

Energy savings from airtight buildings

October 7, 2005

U.S. commercial building owners could save substantially on annual heating and cooling energy costs by making buildings more airtight.

Energy police patrolling China

June 13, 2007

China is recruiting "energy police" to make sure offices, schools, shopping malls and other buildings aren't using too much power.

Software Helps Design Energy Stingy Buildings (w/ Video)

October 12, 2009

(PhysOrg.com) -- A new quick, easy to use and free software tool created by NREL developers seamlessly combines the building energy simulation of EnergyPlus with the popular drawing interface of Google's SketchUp, helping ...

Energy efficiency technologies offer major savings

December 9, 2009

Energy efficiency technologies that exist today or that are likely to be developed in the near future could save considerable money as well as energy, says a new report from the National Research Council. Fully adopting ...

Recommended for you

Netherlands bank customers can get vocal on payments

August 1, 2015

Are some people fed up with remembering and using passwords and PINs to make it though the day? Those who have had enough would prefer to do without them. For mobile tasks that involve banking, though, it is obvious that ...

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.