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Commercial Fryers

Last Updated: 09/30/19 Click to see brand name products that meet these requirements

An appliance designed to cook food by displacement of cooking oil. Heat is delivered through an immersed electric element or band-wrapped vessel (electric fryers), by heat transfer from gas burners through either the walls of the fryer, or through tubes passing through the cooking fluid (gas fryers).

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  • Federal agencies are required to purchase products as designated or specified under this program
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Life Cycle Cost Savings

Life Cycle Costing (LCC) aims to quantify the financial impact of a product over its entire life cycle to assist consumers in making decisions that will save them money over the long term.

For most applications, energy-efficient commercial fryers have the lowest life-cycle cost. For example, FEMP has estimated that an Energy Star-qualified electric fryer can save a typical federal user $335 and a gas fryer $3,710 in energy costs over the life of the units. In addition, EPA has estimated that the same Energy Star-qualified units can avoid between 1,815 and 5,906 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions each year.

According to EPA, the new Energy Star version 3.0 specification for standard vat electric fryers offer end users as much as 17% in energy savings and about $320 per year when compared to conventional models. If all standard vat electric fryers sold in the United States met these Energy Star requirements, the savings in energy costs would grow to nearly $15 million each year and nearly 330 million pounds of annual greenhouse gas emissions would be prevented, equivalent to the emissions from more than 30,000 vehicles.

An efficient product is cost effective when the energy costs saved over the life of the product exceed the additional upfront cost (if any) of the more efficient model. Energy Star considers both upfront costs and lifetime energy cost savings when setting required efficiency levels. Federal purchasers can assume that Energy Star-qualified products are life-cycle cost effective.

To calculate life cycle cost savings, explore these tools:

  • On its Purchasing & Procurement page, Energy Star offers MS-Excel-based calculators to estimate how much money and energy you can save purchasing ENERGY STAR commercial fryers.
  • For life cycling costing on specific brand-name products, visit SFTool Product Search by clicking the green box at the top of this page. Once you have created an account, add a product to a project and open the project. The tool displays energy cost savings, adjusting for local utility rates, operating conditions, and the purchase price.
  • NREL’s Levelized Cost of Energy Calculator can help estimate the cost of electricity as an input for your lifecycle cost calculations, accounting for both cost escalation and discount rates.
Guiding Principles
Contributes to meeting The Guiding Principles for High Performance and Sustainable Buildings
Additional Guidance

The Energy Star version 3.0 specification for commercial fryers took effect on October 1, 2016. It applies to fryers with vats measuring between 12 inches wide and 24 inches wide. It includes standard fryers, large vat fryers, and split vat fryers. However, fryers with vats measuring less than 12 inches wide, or greater than 24 inches wide are excluded. Countertop, floor type, and drop-in designs are eligible to qualify for Energy Star.

Potential LEED Contributions

This product may contribute* toward points in multiple LEED v4 rating systems, including areas required for LEED v4 building certification. Primarily, the credits will apply in the Building Design and Construction (BD+C) and Building Operations and Maintenance (O+M) categories. This includes the specialty areas of: New Construction and Major Renovation, Existing Buildings, Core & Shell, Schools, Retail, Data Centers, Warehouse and Distribution Centers, Hospitality, and Healthcare. Specific credits are:

  • Energy & Atmosphere - Optimize Energy Performance

* It is important to note that no products, individually or collectively, can guarantee a specific number of points for LEED Category credit. Each credit will need to be matched to the product by a certified professional.

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