While restaurants use a lot of energy, the opportunities to save are numerous.

If you can't stand the heat, remodel the kitchen: Minnesota's food service efficiency efforts

Food service businesses—mostly restaurants and grocery stores—use 2.5 times more energy than the average commercial business. Think about it: all the stoves, ovens, heat lamps, dish washers, refrigerators, and fryers turning out meal after meal. It makes sense that they are energy intensive. Kitchens are also hectic places where energy wasters often get ignored amid hustle and bustle.

Stay tuned to learn more about recent projects at food service businesses in Minnesota that sought to start saving energy and money, and the resources that helped them complete these projects such as the Food Service Energy Leadership Program and the Minneapolis Energy Efficiency Business Loan and Grant Program. For more information on reducing energy consumption in small businesses and food services, see the Small Business Energy Reduction Guide.

You can also check out our Food Service Energy Efficiency Toolkit, which has information on assessing your business’s energy use and provides resources for conducting an energy audit, seeking out a contractor, and determining best practices for your small business. Keep up with the Food Service Efficiency Series to learn about measures taken at restaurants in White Bear Lake and Minneapolis to make their facilities more energy efficient!

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Local Government Energy Action is brought to you by the Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources.