Energy Tools

Energy Tools | Blue Flame Alliance

➤ Utility Pricing and Rebate Information

A resource guide providing you energy cost comparisons and specific utility company rebate programs available on today’s foodservice equipment.  

➤ Life-Cycle and Energy Cost Calculators

Estimate your energy savings when you choose high-efficiency equipment.
Hosted by: Food Service Technology Center
San Ramon, California
operated by Fisher-Nickel Inc.

➤ Comparison of Natural Gas versus Electric Rates for Foodservice Operations

A snapshot of utility rates indicating price advantages for specific fuels in U.S. states and Canadian Providences.

➤ Booster Water Heater Analysis Tool

Excellent tool for analysis of how a booster water heater can save energy and quickly heat water.

➤ Pre-Rinse Spray Valve Calculator

Calculate your total water, sewer and energy savings when installing low-flow pre-rinse spray valves. Works for other cost-saving water devices too. Hosted by: Food Service Technology Center San Ramon, California operated by Fisher-Nickel Inc.

Booster Water Heating

WaterGlass-125PThe following article was posted courtesy of Union Gas Limited of Canada.

When it comes to cleaning and sanitizing tableware, natural gas booster water heaters are the clear winners in terms of cost and performance. Compared to low temperature chemical rinse, gas booster water heating offers cleaner looking tableware, faster production and drying times, and up to 73% savings in annual operating costs.

Furthermore, high temperature sanitization is gentler on your tableware and dishwasher than corrosive chemical sanitizers. A typical 44″ rack conveyor dishwasher operating 6 hours a day at 70% capacity saves about $3,148 annually with a high-efficiency gas booster water heater (see chart). The initial cost of the gas booster water heater and installation is recovered in less than 2 years and then the savings go straight to the bottom line, every year.



  1. Energy prices are November 2001 Union Gas South and London Hydro rates
  2. Chemical sanitizer usage assumed to be 1.8 U.S. gallons per day
  3. Operating costs shown are exclusive of maintenance

Pilot Light

Recently Roger Harris, Manager – Amerigas, Dunedin, FL provided the following helpful information.

The pilot light orifice is the determining factor to gas usage. Standard orifices are .009 and .010, but can range from .008 – .012 and larger. BTU consumption for different orifice sizes is shown below:

.008 will burn 519 Btu’s/hr.
.009 will burn 656 Btu’s/hr.
.010 will burn 812 Btu’s/hr.
.011 will burn 981 Btu’s/hr.
.012 will burn 1,169 Btu’s/hr.

If you have any questions, contact Roger at (727) 459-7047

Thanks to Amerigas 

If you’re interested in learning more about Energy Star Rebates, click here. 

Share This