Con Edison launches rebate program to reward energy savings

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As economic uncertainty grows and restaurants struggle to reopen and find out what the “new normal” means for them, establishments in the New York metro area and Rockland/Orange County, NY, are looking for new ways to cut costs.

The new Con Edison rebate program, facilitated by a partnership with Energy Solutions, offers New York City restaurant owners and foodservice operators an economical, green, local strategy to maximize energy savings.

In an effort to unlock these savings for our readership, Total Food Service sat down with program administrator Sophia Showalter of Energy Solutions as well as Nikki Dubé of ConEd and Nikole DiPillo of Orange and Rockland Utilities (O&R is a sister company of Con Edison ) and to better understand the benefits of the program.

“Con Ed’s rebate program offers commercial appliance customers the opportunity to receive cashback on the purchase of new catering equipment,” noted Showalter. Offering paperless incentives for a scalable mix of electric and natural gas-powered appliances, the program is easy to integrate: customers simply work with any local equipment dealer already enrolled in the program and to indicate their interest in taking advantage of the cost reduction program. Appliance installation is just as easy: as long as the business is in a Con Edison natural gas or electric service area, it is eligible to receive the new equipment rebate.

In the age of e-commerce, the rebate program keeps businesses local by supporting resellers of kitchen equipment and supplies in the New York metro area. “The program helps New York dealerships compete with e-commerce websites, especially for emergency replacements (which is how most equipment is replaced),” Dube noted. “One of the main objectives of the program is to encourage the stocking of energy-efficient equipment. When equipment breaks down, local dealers are able to offer their customers energy efficient equipment in stock, available for pickup that day and at a reduced price due to discounts. This helps local resellers drive customers away from e-commerce sites because customers can purchase the equipment at a comparable price without waiting for the product to be shipped and delivered. Local dealers may also offer installation, service and warranties that may not be available through an e-commerce site. The program is available to all resellers, including online resellers. »

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“That said,” Dube continued, “it’s much easier for brick-and-mortar dealerships in the New York area to implement and engage with the program because a large majority of their customers will be eligible for discounts. For online resellers, implementing the program is more complex as customers from all over the country visit their websites, which means marketing the program is not as straightforward. line out of state have been slow to adopt the program due to the following issues: how to identify eligible customers, how to market the program to a segment of their site visitors, and how to implement on-site discounts web itself.”

“The goal of our ConEd rebate program is to benefit the local community. Brick and mortar dealers can also offer installation, service and warranties that may not be available on an e-commerce site and a vast majority of their customers will be eligible for the discounts,” added Dubé.

“Con Edison offers rebates to non-residential customers for the purchase and installation of energy-efficient restaurant equipment,” DiPillo said. Our program allows customers to receive their rebate on their sales invoice at the time of purchase of qualifying food service equipment. This means that the customer does not have to wait or fill out any paperwork. Customers can work with any catering equipment dealer who is enrolled in the program to take advantage of the discounts; the dealer will submit the rebate claim on behalf of the customer. Qualifying natural gas equipment must be installed at an active, valid, non-residential Con Edison natural gas service outlet. Qualifying electrical equipment must be installed in an active, valid, non-residential Con Edison electrical service location. Religious institutions and institutions for veterans with a residential account are also eligible for
the program.”

ConEd’s new program offers more than just a financial incentive. By choosing from a range of Energy Star qualified appliances, customers are also investing in protecting the environment. According to Energy Star, the benchmark set by the US Environmental Protection Agency, the rigorous efficiency testing undertaken by participating manufacturers ensures that their designation honors products that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Thus, explained Dubé, “participation and the purchase and installation of energy-efficient catering equipment provides additional benefits beyond savings on a customer’s electricity bill. Energy efficient equipment promotes a healthier kitchen environment by reducing emissions, improving air quality and reducing temperatures in the kitchen. Participating dealers can market the program as an investment they have made to help their customers purchase energy-efficient equipment and enjoy savings on their utility bills over the life of the equipment. In addition, the program’s catering equipment dealers and their participating customers are communicating to their community and to the catering equipment industry that they care about climate change and reducing CO2 emissions. We all need to do our part to participate in the clean energy transition and the Energy Star label indicates that a company is investing in sustainable development. Con Edison is working with participating dealers and customers who have received rebates to create case studies for use on their website to highlight these partners’ commitment to reducing their carbon footprint.

As the foodservice industry embarks on what will likely be a long post-pandemic recovery, ConEd has begun to see increased demand for rebate-compliant appliances. “Yes, the program offers discounts on many types of products for gas and electric equipment. Deep fryers and convection ovens are the program’s most popular product types. Both types of products have high demand because many different types of food service establishments use them. Electrical equipment has generally been in high demand. At this stage, it is unclear if the increase in demand is due to supply chain shortages impacting gas equipment, or if the market is reacting to the push towards electrification. by proactively switching to electrical equipment. Combination ovens are also growing in popularity, especially in New York City where space is limited. Combination ovens can replace steam ovens and convection ovens,” DiPillo added. Additionally, electrical equipment saw a surge in demand, fueled primarily by the impact of supply chain shortages on gas appliances and the exit from the gas power market. Combi ovens are also a popular choice among consumers – especially those based in New York – as they alleviate space constraints by combining the benefits of ventless cooking in a single appliance. Con Edison currently offers rebates on 12 types of gas products and 9 types of electric products. We are always looking for new product types to add based on market research and feedback, so this list is evolving and changing.

Despite the ever-changing economic environment, ConEd remains steadfastly committed to providing consumers with the best value for money. The rebate program saves foodservice and catering professionals money on purchase and throughout the life of an appliance through its partnership with eco-pioneer Energy Star.

ENERGY STAR is a voluntary labeling program designed to identify and promote energy efficient products to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. “For a product to receive the ENERGY STAR designation, the manufacturer must have the product tested for various measures of energy efficiency (and sometimes water efficiency), as dictated by the applicable ENERGY STAR product specification, a noted Dube. The product will be tested by an EPA-recognized certification body (CB) and CB staff will determine if a product meets the ENERGY STAR criteria based on the efficiency requirements set forth in the product specifications. In short, the ENERGY STAR designation indicates that a product meets the minimum standards for energy efficiency established by the ENERGY STAR product specification document. I will add that the program also accepts products that have been tested and approved by the FSTC/Foodservice Technology Center in addition to ENERGY STAR certified products.

Overall, Con Edison ensures that hospitality professionals keep their business local, reduce their carbon footprint and save hard-earned money by offering a suite of modern, efficient appliances at competitive prices. .

The popularity of the programs has been driven by its simplicity. “There is no paperwork for the customer to complete to take advantage of the discounts! Participating catering equipment dealers have been trained to offer the rebates and it is the responsibility of the dealers to submit the rebate form,” DiPillo concluded. “At this point, the client’s job is done! Once the sale is complete, the dealer will submit a rebate claim through the program’s online claims processing platform. The dealership receives a check within 2 weeks of approving a claim for reimbursement of the rebate amount that was deducted from the customer’s invoice.

For additional questions regarding product eligibility, rebate amounts, and contact information, visit the ConEd website to learn more about product types eligible for rebates, corresponding rebate amounts, and to find contact information. registered resellers who offer the discounts. For any customer questions about how to take advantage of the rebates or if you are a reseller and would like to enroll in the program, please email [email protected] or call 617-440- 5466 to communicate directly with the program. implementation team.