Typical Hospitality Electricity Use in Newfoundland & Labrador


    Water and space heating are the biggest electricity users in hospitality based businesses in Newfoundland and Labrador, with each making up about 22% of electricity costs. Food service equipment accounts for another 20%, with lighting accounting for 16%. On average these four segments make up 80% of electricity costs for this sector. Here are some ways to reduce your electricity costs in these areas.

    Hot Water

    • Install high performance shower heads – Use up to 40% less energy and get a $15 rebate for each unit you install.
    • When replacing equipment such as dishwashers, purchase ENERGY STAR® qualified units and save up to 30% energy use over a standard model.
    • Install low flow faucet aerators – Save up to 30% on your energy use.
    • Energy efficient pre-rinse spray valves can save up to 25% of your spray valve energy use.


    • Programmable thermostats – Save up to 10% in heating costs when you install programmable thermostats and get a takeCHARGE rebate. Calculate your rebate.
    • Install a mini-split heat pump – These units are great for small restaurants and are economical to install. They also offer the option of air conditioning for those warm summer months.
    • Cold climate or low temperature air source heat pump (ASHP) systems are more efficient than conventional electric baseboards. These systems can achieve savings up to 50% over conventional electric baseboards.
    • During the winter months, open the blinds during the day to allow the sun to assist with heating your space.
    • Address any building envelope issues such as:
      • Roof Insulation
      • Wall Insulation
      • Gaps around doors, windows and any entry point into the facility

    Food Service Equipment

    • When purchasing electric cooking appliances, such as fryers, griddles, ranges and ovens, purchase high efficiency models. These models are up to 8% more efficient than standard options.
    • Replace evaporator fan motors with ECM motors with a free upgrade from takeCHARGE. ECMs are typically installed on evaporator fans in grocery store coolers, freezers and cold storage areas. ECMs can reduce energy use by over 50%.
    • When purchasing fridges or freezers, ensure to buy ENERGY STAR® qualified appliances to save over 35% on your energy use.


    Upgrading to energy efficient lighting, like LED, can save you over 35% on lighting energy costs.

    A lighting upgrade can save on more than just your electrical costs. Energy efficient lamps and bulbs last longer, saving on replacement lights and maintenance costs.

    takeCHARGE offers rebates on a variety of energy efficient lighting:

    You can also save energy and get money back when you use occupancy sensors. They can help you save up to 40% on lighting energy costs. Calculate your rebate.

    Don’t forget to use day-lighting whenever possible and encourage employees to turn off the lights at the end of the day.

    You can get back up to $50,000 when you make eligible energy efficient upgrades to your business. Contact us to learn more.

    Newfoundland Power – 1-800-663-2802
    Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro – 1-888-737-1296