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Commercial Kitchen Equipment Rebates

More than 50 percent of the energy used in most restaurants is from cooking and sanitation. Inefficient kitchen equipment wastes energy and money and rising energy costs compound the problem. Purchasing energy-efficient equipment is more important than ever and PSE's commercial kitchen rebates can help. Qualifying equipment uses much less energy than other equipment models and PSE offers rebates of $100 to $2,000 for qualifying equipment.

Cooking equipment Electric Natural gas
Rack ovens $2,000 $2,000
Combi ovens $2,000 $2,000
Convection ovens $500 $500
Connectionless steamers $250 - $500 $250 - $500
Fryers $250 $500
Dishwashers $150 - $1,500 dependent on unit $150 - $1,500 dependent on unit
Refrigerator equipment
Ice makers up to 500 lbs of ice harvest per day capacity $100 N/A
Ice makers >500 lbs of ice harvest per day capacity $300 N/A
Water heating
Qualified 92% efficient (or better) condensing water heater N/A $4.71 per 1,000 Btu/hr capacity
Qualified 92% efficient (or better) condensing boiler N/A $6.11 per 1,000 Btu/hr capacity

Ovens

Nearly every commercial kitchen has an oven. Over 50 percent of those ovens use inefficient general-bake ovens. The oven is the heart of most kitchens. Rising competition among oven manufacturers have lead to great improvements in oven efficiency.

Efficient rack ovens: $2,000

Rack ovens offer high-volume production and even baking in a relatively compact footprint. A single-rack oven typically accommodates 15 pans of product at a time, effectively replacing three full-size convection ovens. These large capacity ovens fill the requirements of high-volume retail and baking operations. They are also ideal for rethermalizing many products prepared in cook/chill systems as well as baking and roasting. The rack oven is capable of producing thousands of identical products or many diverse menu items within the same cooking cavity. Click here for a list of qualifying rack ovens.

Efficient combination ovens: $2,000

The combination oven (often referred to as combi-ovens) can cooked food in a dry-heat only mode, steam only mode, or a combination of both. The programmability of combination ovens allows food to be cooked partially in one mode at a certain temperature, and then finish in another mode at a different temperature. This lends versatility and, in some cases, you may be able to purchase less equipment overall. Click here for a list of qualifying combi-ovens.

Efficient convection ovens: $500

Convection ovens are the most common alternative to general bake ovens. Qualifying electric convection ovens are greater than 70 percent efficient and qualifying natural gas convection ovens are greater than 40 percent efficient. They are at least 10 percent and 5 percent more efficient that non-qualifying models, respectively. Click here for a list of qualifying convection ovens.

Connectionless steam cookers: $500

Standard boiler-based steam cookers require water to be heated the entire time the equipment is on. This means that water and steam, you have paid to heat, are constantly going down the drain. In addition, more water is wasted to cool down the water and steam as it goes down the drain. An inefficient six-pan steamer could be using over 32,000 kWh of electricity and about 170,000 gallons of water per year. With PSE's rebate you could pay for a new steamer with your energy and water savings in less than two years. Click here for a list of qualifying steam cookers.

Some water utilities also give rebates for ENERGY STAR® qualified steamers in addition to the rebate from PSE. Below are some that offer rebates for the installation of connectionless steam cookers. If you are supplied water from another provider, be sure to check with them regarding additional rebates you may be eligible for by purchasing a connectionless steam cooker.

Fryers: $500

ENERGY STAR qualified fryers are up to 25 percent more efficient than standard efficiency fryers. You could save 292 therms of natural gas per year or about $310 by using an ENERGY STAR qualified fryer instead of an inefficient one. That's $1,680 in an eight-year life of the equipment. In addition to saving you money, ENERGY STAR qualified fryers offer shorter cook times and higher production rates so you can cook more food faster. Click here for a list of qualifying efficient fryers.

Condensing natural gas water heaters or boilers in full-service restaurants water heaters: $4.71 per 1,000 Btu/hr capacity boilers to $6.11 per 1,000 Btu/hr capacity

Condensing water heaters and boilers are designed to recover energy that normally would travel up the flue and into the air outside. Heating water is expensive so, the 10% or more increase in efficiency you can get by upgrading to a condensing model can really add up over a year. Businesses eligible for this rebate are restaurants that use dishwashers or warewashers. Water heaters and boilers are rated in Btu/hr. A common size found in restaurants is 199,000 Btu/hr. If this is a model on PSE's list of eligible models, it will be eligible for a rebate of $937.29 (199 x $4.71) for water heaters or $1,215.99 for boilers (199 x $6.11).

Dishwashers

Click here for a list of list of qualifying dishwashers.

Some water utilities also give rebates for qualified dishwashers in addition to the rebate from PSE. Below are some that offer rebates for the installation of dishwashers. If you are supplied water from another provider, be sure to check with them regarding additional rebates you may be eligible for by purchasing a dishwasher.

  • Seattle and King County water districts affiliated with the Saving Water Partnership
  • Cascade Water Alliance (King County) 425-453-1810
  • LOTT Alliance (Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater, Thurston County)

Ice Machines

Click here for a list of eligible ice machines.

Eligibility

PSE's non-residential customers that purchase and install qualified equipment in a facility using energy supplied by PSE. For details about the rebate, call a PSE Energy Advisor Monday through Friday, 8 am. to 5 p.m., at 1-800-562-1482.

How to participate

Step 1. Purchase and install qualified equipment for your commercial kitchen

Purchase qualified equipment from a distributor participating in the point of sale rebate program. They will help you with completion of rebate forms and deduct the PSE rebate from your invoice. Receive your rebate instantly!

Distributors participating in the point of sale rebate program are:
Equipment provider Address Telephone
Bargreen Ellingson Food Service Supply & Design 133 128th Street SW, Everett 425-740-2424
1-888-770-2424
Bargreen Ellingson Food Service Supply & Design 3627 1st Avenue S, Seattle 206-682-1472
1-800-525-0131
Bargreen Ellingson Food Service Supply & Design 6626 Tacoma Mall Blvd, Suite B, Tacoma 253-475-9201
1-800-322-4441
CD Foodservice Equipment 22637 76th Avenue S, Kent 253-872-4011
Continental Food Service Equipment 1201 Center Street, Tacoma 253-572-7720
Dick's Restaurant Supply East Side Inc. 2102 140th Avenue NE, Bellevue 425-289-0680
Dick's Restaurant Supply Mount Vernon 324 Chenoweth Street, Mt Vernon 360-848-0259
DSL Northwest, Inc. 21513 84th Avenue S, Kent 425-264-0383 ext. 2103
Food Service Equipment, Inc. 2825 Marvin Road, Suite S, Lacey 360-943-6479
Smith & Greene Company 19015 66th Avenue, Kent 425-988-6648
The Seattle Restaurant Store 14910 Aurora Avenue N, Shoreline 206-362-4900
Step 2. Complete the installation
  • Complete the application form, including your PSE account number and signature
  • Sign material receipts or contractor invoices to indicate your approval and acceptance of the installation, or material purchases if your in-house project was not billed for labor. Please circle rebate-eligible items, and item quantities
  • Complete and sign a Tax Identification Form (W9)
  • Make a copy for your records
Step 3. Submit your application for payment

Make sure the form is completely filled out, sign and date the application and send applications for rebates to PSE for payment. Mail rebate applications to:

Commercial Rebates
BOT-01H
PO Box 97034
Bellevue, WA 98009-9734

E-mail rebate applications and questions to commercialkitchens@efficiencyrebates.com.

PSE reserves the right to inspect installations for compliance prior to payment.
Funding availability is subject to annual program budgets.