Restaurants use roughly two-and-a-half times more energy per square foot than other commercial businesses. Kitchen appliances are an obvious source of waste. Running industrial refrigerators, ovens and fryers can all add thousands of dollars to an owner’s annual energy costs. One cost factor restaurateurs may overlook is lighting, which represents up to 13 percent of the average energy consumption in a full-service restaurant, according to Energy Star. On average, most restaurants ...

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