The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) provides acquisition guidance for commercial griddles, a product category covered by ENERGY STAR efficiency requirements. Federal laws and requirements mandate that agencies purchase ENERGY STAR-qualified products or FEMP-designated products in all product categories covered by these programs and in any acquisition actions that are not specifically exempted by law.
FEMP’s acquisition guidance and associated ENERGY STAR efficiency requirements apply to commercial grade, thermostatically controlled, single- or double-sided, gas and electric griddles. Manually controlled griddles and fry-top ranges are excluded.
Griddles are one of the most common types of commercial kitchen equipment. In the federal sector, these products are typically used in food service operations like cafeterias in General Service Administration (GSA) buildings, kitchens in penitentiaries, and dining halls on military bases.
This acquisition guidance was updated in December 2015.
Find Product Efficiency Requirements
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides commercial griddle efficiency levels and product specification information on its ENERGY STAR website. Manufacturers meeting these requirements are allowed to display the ENERGY STAR label on complying models. Get a list of ENERGY STAR-qualified commercial griddles.
Make a Cost-Effective Purchase: Save $780 or More by Buying ENERGY STAR
FEMP has calculated that the required ENERGY STAR-qualified electric griddle saves money if priced no more than $780 above the less efficient model. The best available model saves up to $1,930. Table 1 compares three types of 36-inch by 24-inch flat-plate electric griddles and calculates the lifetime cost savings of purchasing efficient models. Federal purchasers can assume products that meet ENERGY STAR efficiency requirements are life cycle cost-effective.
|Table 1. Lifetime Savings for Efficient Electric Griddle Models|
|Performance||Best Available||ENERGY STAR||Less Efficient|
|Idle Energy Rate||1,464 W||1,920 W||2,400 W|
|Annual Energy Use||6,390 kWh||7,610 kWh||8,440 kWh|
|Annual Energy Cost||$575||$685||$760|
|Lifetime Energy Cost||$6,030||$7,180||$7,960|
|Lifetime Energy Cost Savings||$1,930||$780||======|
Idle Energy Rate: A measure of appliance energy consumption while holding or maintaining a stabilized operating condition or temperature.
Annual Energy Use: Assumes a 36-inch by 24-inch flat-plate electric griddle operated 8 hours per day, 250 days per year, with one preheat cycle, cooking 100 pounds of food per day.
Annual Energy Cost: Calculated based on an assumed electricity price of $0.09/kWh, which is the average electricity price at federal facilities throughout the United States.
Lifetime Energy Cost: The sum of the discounted value of annual energy cost and an assumed product life of 12 years. Future electricity price trends and a 3% discount rate are from Energy Price Indices and Discount Factors for Life-Cycle Cost Analysis – 2015: Annual Supplement to NIST Handbook 135 and NBS Special Publication 709 (NISTIR 85-3273-30).
Lifetime Energy Cost Savings: The difference between the lifetime energy cost of the less efficient model and the lifetime energy cost of the ENERGY STAR model or best available model.
Best Available Model Column
Calculated based on the ENERGY STAR List of Qualified Products. More efficient models may be introduced to the market after FEMP's acquisition guidance is posted.
ENERGY STAR Model Column
Calculated based on current ENERGY STAR efficiency levels. Federal agencies must purchase products that meet or exceed ENERGY STAR efficiency levels.
Less Efficient Model Column
Calculated based on typical products used in non-federal applications.