As restaurants and foodservice operations continue to move along the path towards recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, getting the most out of your kitchen equipment and maximizing your thin margins is vital.
Ontario-based commercial kitchens and restaurants can get instant discounts of up to $1,000 on their ENERGY STAR kitchen equipment such as convection ovens and ice makers via the Distributor Discount Program.
Why take advantage of the program?
For a start, whether you are an operator or a dealer, it would be wasteful not to!
Commercial kitchens use 2.5 times more energy per square metre than any other commercial space, so there is a significant opportunity for operators to save with the Distributor Discount Program. By saving up to 30 per cent on your energy costs, you can not only reduce your expenses but also free up extra capital to upgrade key equipment and ensure your equipment is of premium quality with a longer operating life and lower maintenance costs.
What’s more, as an operator, you don’t have to do any extra work to take advantage of the discounts offered. When buying qualifying equipment from any participating dealer, you can get an instant rebate at point of sale with no paperwork, no wait, and no extra hoops to jump through. Buy high-efficiency, high-performance equipment, save energy, and save money: it’s truly a better choice for your business!
Participating dealers like Todd Eden of Niagara Restaurant Solutions Co. can reap the rewards, too. Not only has the program assisted dealers in increasing the sales of their company’s ENERGY STAR models, but Niagara Restaurant Solutions Co. has altered its purchasing to align with the Qualified Product List, coordinated with manufacturers to get qualified product on the floor, and used Enbridge marketing materials in its showroom to create an energy efficiency zone promoting its ENERGY STAR-qualified products.
As everyone in the industry knows, when both operators and dealers work together, everyone wins. With support from Enbridge Gas and Save on Energy, dealers can alter their showroom stock to have qualifying high-efficiency equipment ready for purchase when and where operators need it most – and all at a great price.
Contact your foodservice equipment dealer for more information or visit enbridgesmartsavings.com/foodservice or saveonenergy.ca/foodservice for a full list of eligible dealers distributors, and qualifying equipment.
Benefits of ENERGY STAR equipment
ENERGY STAR equipment is equipment that has been certified with an internationally recognized and trusted mark of high energy efficiency. The ENERGY STAR symbol is a consumer icon in the Canadian marketplace and instantly identifies products that have been qualified as high efficiency.
The many benefits of ENERGY STAR products include long-term energy cost savings, premium products, lower maintenance costs, reduced environmental impact, and longer equipment life.
The Distributor Discount Program qualifying products include ENERGY STAR convection ovens and ENERGY STAR ice makers, among many more.
ENERGY STAR convection ovens provide higher insulations levels to ensure less heat loss and a cooler kitchen to work in. Their improved door gaskets allow for faster and more uniform cooking and by using the oven window to check on cooking progress whenever possible, operators can prevent the estimated 20 per cent heat loss that occurs when a standard oven door is opened.
Eligible models include American Range, Atosa/CookRite, Bakers Pride, Blodgett, Blue Seal, BKI, Garland, Grupo Alpha, Gusto Equipment, Hobart, Lang, Moffat, Montague, Padela, Revent, Royal Range of California, Southbend, Tri-Star, US Range, Vulcan, Vulcan/Wolf, and Wolf.
Want more energy-saving tips? When using a convection oven, reduce idle time and fully load your oven when in use. Reduce your pre-heat time – most ENERGY STAR units reach the desired temperature in 15 minutes or less!
ENERGY STAR ice machines are essential for dining rooms and food displays. The ice makers are up to 15 per cent more energy-efficient and 20 per cent more water-efficient than standard ice machines. Energy and water efficiency are achieved through air-cooling and more efficient rinse cycles.
Qualifying models include Follett, Maxx Ice, Summit, and U-Line.
Want more energy savings tips? For ice machines, clean and inspect your coils regularly and keep your ice bin lid closed. Bigger ice machine units can be more efficient than smaller ones – in fact, you can get twice the capacity for half the cost per pound of ice!
Get started today
To receive an immediate discount on high-efficiency ENERGY STAR equipment, simply provide the installation address to your dealer or distributor – if you qualify, you could receive up to $1,000 off[ED1][SB2]. It’s not just new equipment that qualifies for a discount. You can now receive up to $500 in discounts for used equipment, including $375 for ENERGY STAR convection ovens[ED3].
Enbridge Gas discounts are only available to commercial and industrial customers in its service territory in Ontario, including those formerly served by Union Gas Ltd. IESO discounts are only available to businesses that sell eligible measures to commercial business that are connected to, or behind the meter of an electricity consumer connected to, the IESO-controlled grid in eligible parts of Ontario. To receive any discount, a completed proof of sale matched to the installation address must be provided by the participating distributor in accordance with applicable program requirements. Discounts are paid on a per unit basis unless otherwise indicated. Programs and discounts may be subject to change or cancellation without notice at any time. Enbridge Gas and the IESO make no representation, warranty or guarantee regarding the projected savings of any energy-efficiency measure or performance of installed equipment. Enbridge Gas and the IESO reserve the right to independently verify application information and confirm installation. Additional terms and conditions may apply; please ask your Enbridge Gas or IESO representative. ™ Save on Energy is a trademark of the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO). Used under license. © 2021 Enbridge Gas Inc. All rights reserved.