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Energy Star rebates offer big savings to foodservice operations

ACityDiscount wants its foodservice customers to take advantage of Energy Star rebates available for select commercial food equipment via Georgia Power.
ACityDiscount wants its foodservice customers to take advantage of Energy Star rebates available for select commercial food equipment via Georgia Power.

Georgia Power program creates financial incentives for purchase of approved commercial food equipment

Georgia Power wants in-state customers to take advantage of Energy Star rebates available for select commercial food equipment.

The Energy Star rebates offer financial incentives for replacing outdated or inefficient equipment, or building out brand-new commercial kitchens with lower energy consumption.

Georgia Power's Commercial Energy Efficiency Program, now in its eighth year, has granted Energy Star rebates to thousands of approved applicants during its lifetime, said James Holton, an implementation manager for the Atlanta-based electric company.

"We do it because it’s the right thing to do," Holton added. "We are helping them upgrade equipment that will make them more viable… the more viable they are, the longer they last (in the marketplace). That grows the economy, which means we sell more electricity."

The Energy Star rebates at Georgia Power range from Electric Griddles ($50) and Electric Deep Fryers ($75) to Commercial Dishwashers ($250) and Combination Ovens ($300). Check out the complete list of items here.

In some cases, Energy Star rebates can be increased, depending on variables such as the amount of usage.

The maximum Energy Star rebate for a combination of measures is $25,000 per building per year. Rebates are also capped at 50 percent of the equipment cost.

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Mike Ellin

"In many cases, the Energy Star rebates offered by Georgia Power exceed the cost of upgrading to Energy Star-rated equipment," Ellin said. "For example, the rebate for an Insulated Holding Cabinet is $300. The cost to upgrade to the insulated model is only $200 at ACityDiscount. So it’s like making a profit on your electric bill."

- Mike Ellin, Showroom Sales Manager, ACityDiscount

New in 2018: Pre-approval is no longer a requirement for Energy Star rebates. While it is still recommended, business owners are invited to visit https://www.georgiapower.com/business/save-money-and-energy/commercial-rebates-and-incentives.html to discover if an item is eligible.

Said Holton: "They don’t have to wait after submitting (model information)… They get instant feedback if it’s on the list or not."

Energy Star is a voluntary, federal program which helps businesses and individuals save money and protect the environment through superior energy efficiency. Since 1992, Energy Star and its local partners like Georgia Power have helped save American families and businesses $430 billion on energy bills, while reducing emissions.

ACityDiscount encourages its Georgia clients to take advantage of Energy Star rebates, said ACityDiscount's Krista Haynes.

"It's money back in our customers' pockets," said Haynes, lead showroom sales rep at ACityDiscount. "Simultaneously, they're doing something that protects our planet."

Ready to apply for Energy Star rebates? Start here.

Gary Estwick writes about the foodservice industry and the equipment that keeps it running smooth – from deep fryers to pizza ovens. He’s a fan of chargrilled oysters, Nashville-style hot chicken, cool jazz, paintball and the TV show Quantum Leap (1989-93) – in that order... He’s written for the Miami Herald, New Orleans Advocate, Austin American-Stateman, Men’s Fitness and other publications. Gary is a native of New Orleans, and lives in Atlanta. Check out his ACityDiscount articles and videos. E-mail story ideas to gestwick@acitydiscount.com. And click here to join ACityDiscount's mailing list for more food stories, tips, tricks and foodservice equipment specials!

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