Commercial Kitchen Equipment

Rebates & Incentives

Rebates & Incentives

Austin Energy

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Austin, TX 78704

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Commercial Kitchen Equipment

Keep your kitchen running smoothly while you save money.

Austin Energy offers rebates to customers who upgrade to energy-saving commercial kitchen equipment.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, restaurants use five to seven times more energy than other commercial buildings. Food preparation is a large part of restaurant energy use.

By upgrading your commercial kitchen equipment with energy-efficient products, you can potentially save thousands of dollars a year in energy costs. Installing ENERGY STAR commercial kitchen equipment can save money and energy without sacrificing service and quality.

Austin Energy offers rebates for qualified kitchen equipment in existing buildings and new construction. All equipment, with the exception of spray valves, must be ENERGY STAR certified. See Eligibility tab for detailed requirements.

  • Combination Ovens (between 5 and 20 pans)
  • Commercial Dishwashers
  • Electric Hot Food Holding Cabinet (half, three-quarter, or full size)
  • Electric Fryer (standard or large)
  • Spray Valves (1.25 gallons per minute or less and water heater must be electric)
  • Electric Steam Cooker

PACE Financing Available

Austin Energy provides various opportunities for our customers to purchase energy efficient technologies. Many of these reduce energy consumption and enhance comfort and indoor air quality for your customers. PACE is an effective financing approach. Travis and Williamson County PACE programs enable owners of non-profit, commercial, and industrial properties to obtain low-cost, long-term financing for water and energy efficiency improvements and solar generation retrofits.  

Private sector lenders finance qualified improvements and property owners voluntarily agree to contractual assessments imposed on the property. PACE improvements generate positive cash flow with no out-of-pocket cost to the property owner. If the property is sold before the full amount is repaid, the repayment obligation automatically transfers to the next owner. PACE assessments complement Austin Energy incentive programs. 

Other Energy Efficiency Incentives

Increasing energy efficiency in your building saves your business money.  Our Commercial Rebates help you make energy efficiency improvements that can reduce operational costs by saving you money on your monthly bill. We provide rebates on these energy efficiency improvements and more:

For rebate levels ($/unit), see Commercial Kitchen (pdf) under Additional Documents.

Equipment and Installation Requirements

  • With the exception of pre-rinse spray valves, eligible kitchen equipment must be ENERGY STAR certified
  • Combination Ovens: must be half- or full-size, with a pan capacity ⋝ 5 and ⋜ 20
  • Commercial Dishwashers: must be under counter, door type, single/multi-tank conveyor, or pot/pan/utensil, and the primary or booster water heater fuel type must be electric
  • Pre-rinse Spray Valves: units must be used for commercial food preparation and flow rate must not exceed 1.25 gallons per minute
  • Electric Steam Cookers: must have 3 or more pans
  • Electric Fryers: counter top or floor type; standard or large size vat
  • Electric Hot Food Holding Cabinets: half (<13 cubic ft), three-quarter (13-28 cubic ft), or full size (over 28 cubic ft); dual function equipment, heated transparent merchandise cabinet and drawer warmers are not eligible

We can help you learn more about your rebate and savings options before you apply.

Request an Assessment

Apply for a Rebate Online

You can apply for your rebate online. To make applying easier, have all required information on hand before you start.

Apply Online

Are You Waiting For a Rebate?

Use the confirmation (enrollment) and utility account numbers to check the status of your rebate application.

Check Status

Comply with ECAD to Qualify for Rebate

If your building is over 10,000 sq ft, you must be in compliance with the Energy Conservation Audit and Disclosure (ECAD) ordinance. ECAD promotes energy efficiency by identifying potential energy savings for your business. You can choose one of two reporting options that best serve your business.

Learn more about ECAD for Commercial Buildings

Contact Austin Energy for More Information

Call 512-482-5346 or email Commercial Rebates if you have any questions about our rebates.

Apply for Your Rebate Online

All rebate applications are online. You must submit your rebate application prior to installation (Austin Energy must approve any exceptions). You will receive your rebate within four to six weeks after we give final approval for your rebate application. We send your rebate check to the business listed on the Payee section of your application unless you specify otherwise.

The City Council approves projects where rebates could exceed the City Manager's administrative spending authority under the City Charter, which is $61,000 for fiscal year 2019. Please allow time for this approval.

The following required documents will be needed to apply for a rebate:

  • W-9 (if account holder requests payment to a third party representative)
  • Letter of Authorization (if applicable)

Tips for Applying Online

  • Use a modern browser like Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Internet Explorer 9 or higher.
  • You need to complete your online Commercial Rebate application in a single session. 
  • To make applying easier, have all available information on hand before beginning the application.
  • If your application requires supporting documentation, such as invoices or sales receipts, you will need to scan or photograph these documents and upload into the application system. The system will accept any of the following file formats:
    • Adobe Acrobat PDF (.pdf)
    • Microsoft Word Document (.doc or .docx)
    • JPEG (.jpg)
    • ZIP (.zip)
  • Check your rebate status using the confirmation (enrollment) number you receive after the application submission. You will also need your City of Austin utility account number, if applicable.


Funding is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Offerings, program guidelines, and rebate levels are subject to change without notice. Rebate funds are encumbered (committed to be paid) during the fiscal year in which they are to be dispersed.

The Austin City Council must approve rebates of more than $61,000. The maximum combined rebate is $300,000 per customer site per fiscal year (October through September).

Date last reviewed or modified: 5/30/19
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