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PNNL Report Urges Better Energy Use for Restaurants

Coffee shops and fast-food eateries could reduce their energy use as much as 52 percent with changes that include ultra-efficient appliances, lights and heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, according to a new report by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland. To calculate savings, PNNL researchers modeled a typical 2,500-square-foot quick-service restaurant and plugged it into an energy simulation computer program.  PNNL compiled the report for DOE's Building Technologies Program with industrial collaborators the Halton Co. and the Pacific Gas and Electric Food Service Technology Center.