Hotels and Restaurants

Hotels and restaurants are energy intensive operations. That’s why making energy-efficient improvements is a smart investment that can save energy and trim costs for years to come. Delmarva Power offers cash incentives and solutions to help you invest in energy efficiency—whether you own or lease your space or if you’re building a new restaurant or hotel.

Efficient upgrades to your lighting, HVAC, water heating and foodservice equipment can significantly cut your energy and water costs. Energy efficient equipment can enhance comfort for your guests and employees, offering greater potential for repeat business and increased employee productivity. Efficiency improvements can cut restaurant energy costs by up to 30 percent. On average, hotels in America spend $2,196 per available room each year on energy. Reducing energy costs by 10 percent would have the financial result of increasing the average daily room rate by up to $0.60 in limited-service hotels and by up to $2.00 in full-service hotels.1

The Many Benefits of Energy-Efficient Upgrades

  • Reduce energy and water costs
  • Increase customer and employee comfort
  • Enhance light and air quality
  • Reduce maintenance costs and extend equipment life
  • Contribute to a more sustainable future

Earn Cash Incentives

Hotels and restaurants can take advantage of Delmarva Power’s standard incentives for installing new, energy-efficient equipment. Cash incentives are also available to customers planning unique equipment, system and industrial process improvements. If you have energy-saving improvements planned that are not available through our standard incentive program, you may be eligible for custom incentives.

Delmarva Power pays cash incentives for qualifying energy-efficient improvements, such as:

Additional Incentive Opportunities

Additional Savings

Enhanced incentives are offered through the Small Business Program. If your building has a monthly demand of 60 kW or less over a twelve month period, you may be eligible for a Quick Energy Check-Up (QEC) and enhanced incentives. The QEC and the installation of low cost measures (up to $250) will be completed at no additional cost by a service provider of your choice.

Project Snapshot

Hotels and restaurants have access to technical and financial resources to improve lighting, upgrade kitchen equipment, heating and controls systems, and build high-performance buildings. Below are examples of energy saving projects that the program recommends hotels and restaurants should consider. Delmarva Power can support the project with advice early in the process and cash incentives after the upgrades are completed, helping the customer save money, improve comfort and boost productivity.

  Commercial Kitchen Equipment Refrigeration
  Lighting Upgrade Roof Top HVAC Units Steam Cooker Hot Food Holding Cabinet Fat Fryer Electric Oven Solid Door Reach in Freezer Ice Machine
Project Cost $3,500 $16,000 $4,000 $1,650 $1,200 $4,000 $4,625 $4,400
Annual Energy Savings (kWh) 19,365 10,600 9,774 3,942 1,179 1,879 869 1,197
Annual Energy Cost Savings2 $2,905 $1,590 $1,466 $591 $177 $282 $130 $180 
Existing Buildings Incentive $1,960 $1,900 $750 $250 $200 $350 $320 $100
Multi-Measure Bonus $196 $190 $75 $25 $20 $35 $32 $10
Payback (years) 0.5 8.7 2.2 2.3 5.5 12.8 32.8 23.9
Small Business Incentive $2,940 $3,800 $1,500 $500 $500 $800 $3,000 $1,500 
Payback (years)3 0.2 7.7 1.7 1.9 4 11.4 12.5 16.2
2Average price of electricity = $0.15/kWh
3Payback = (Project cost -( incentive + multimeasure incentive)) / energy savings

Get started today

If you need technical assistance in completing an energy-efficiency project, qualified contractors from our Service Provider Network are available to assist you. To find a trade ally in your area please visit Service Provider Network.

Learn more about:
Program Eligibility and Application Process
Eligible measures and incentives for Existing Buildings Projects
Eligible measures and incentives for New Construction Projects/Major Renovation Projects



Have any questions about the incentives, your eligibility or how to apply? Contact us and we can help you get started today.

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EmPOWER Maryland programs are funded by a charge on your energy bill. EmPOWER programs can help you reduce your energy consumption and save you money. To learn more about EmPOWER and how you can participate, click here
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