Food Service

Commercial food service operations use about 0.9 quads of primary energy per year, or about 5% of total commercial use in the U.S. Cooking accounts for 25% of the total delivered energy use in the commercial food service sector and increases the need for space conditioning in a building.

Refrigeration, space heating, and water heating each constitute about one-sixth of the total delivered energy of commercial food service; one-tenth of the delivered energy is consumed by lighting. Members of the Food Service team work to improve the efficiency of new food service equipment and represent many of the nation's most energy-innovative companies with large-scale food service loads.

Contact us to join the Food Service team or for additional information.

Tools & Resources

Energy Management Systems (EMS) for Food Service Applications
A general guide to best practices and factors for consideration by food service end-users who are planning or evaluating an Energy Management System (EMS).

A Better Buildings webinar on developments in commercial kitchen demand control ventilation (DCV) technology.

A Better Buildings webinar on implementing the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) ENERGY STAR® Commercial Kitchen Package in the retail and food service sectors.

A Better Buildings webinar on a restaurant energy performance evaluation, a How-To Guide, and a Spreadsheet Toolkit.

Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) Commercial Kitchens Initiative
Detailed CEE Commercial Kitchen Initiative information, links, and documents.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company's Food Service Technology Center
The center provides an array of services to the food service industry.

National Restaurant Association (NRA) ConSERVE program
A program developed by the National Restaurant Association (NRA), featuring tips, case studies, and resources for industry-proven best practices, energy conservation and other aspects of sustainability.

  • Applebee's International
  • Arby's Restaurant Group
  • Army & Air Force Exchange Service
  • Boston Market
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill
  • CKE Restaurants
  • Einstein Noah Restaurant Group
  • Harris Teeter
  • McDonald's
  • Panda Restaurant Group
  • Red Robin Restaurants
  • Sonic
  • Unified Foodservice Purchasing Co-op
  • Wawa
  • Wendy's Quality Supply Chain Co-op
  • Yum! Brands

* Steering Committee member