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EPA Announces New Addition to Energy Star Commercial Fryers Category

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing a new category under commercial fryers that can now earn the Energy Star label - an energy efficiency program that has saved Americans money on their energy bills while contributing to cleaner air and protecting people's health since 1992. Effective April 22, 2011, EPA has expanded the scope of the eligible models to include large vat gas and electric fryers. Energy Star qualified large vat fryers are 10-35 percent more energy efficient than standard models.

Fryers are one of the most common appliances in the food service industry. Large vat fryers are used in a variety of high-volume food establishments including fast food, grocery, retail, institutional and full-service restaurants. By using large vat electric and gas commercial fryers that have earned the Energy Star, businesses could save between $170 and $500 annually on utility bills.

In order to earn the Energy Star label under these new requirements, product performance must be certified by an EPA-recognized third-party based on testing in an EPA-recognized lab. In addition, manufacturers of these products must participate in verification testing programs run by recognized certification bodies. If every large vat fryer in the US met the new Energy Star requirements, energy cost savings would increase approximately $81 million per year and reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to the emissions from nearly 95,000 cars.

Energy Star was started by EPA in 1992 as a market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Today, the Energy Star label can be found on more than 60 different kinds of products, as well as new homes and commercial and industrial buildings that meet strict energy-efficient specifications set by the EPA. Last year alone, Americans, with the help of Energy Star, saved approximately $18 billion on their energy bills while preventing greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to the annual emission of 33 million vehicles.

More information about Energy Star: http://www.energystar,gov

More information on commercial fryers: http://www.energystar.gov/cfs

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