Appetite for Efficiency

“Anna was awesome. I’m never in the office, I’m always driving. I like how the program made it so I could take care of things during my drive. And we got the check really quickly.”

Natasha Tasevski oversees the franchise operations of nearly 95 franchise restaurants from San Diego to Riverside, including 70 Jack in the Box locations. When any one of those restaurants gets remodeled or needs new equipment for any reason, she is the one responsible for helping the franchisee find the highest quality, most efficient equipment at the best price.

As a facilities manager, Natasha values energy efficiency because she knows the benefits it can provide business owners. “All our equipment is on twenty-four hours a day, so it is very important for us to save where we can. By saving electricity we save money, and we can update more equipment. The upgraded equipment is newer and breaks down less, so we save money on service calls.” This proactive approach led her to find the Comprehensive Energy Management Solutions (CEMS) program.

While ordering equipment for upcoming projects, Natasha’s equipment distributor mentioned they might be eligible to receive rebates for the commercial food service equipment they were buying. Sure enough, they learned that the CEMS program’s rebates for energy-efficient commercial technology applied to Energy Star® certified commercial griddles.

As a busy professional, Natasha appreciates how easy the rebate process is and the personal assistance offered from the CEMS staff. “Anna was awesome. I’m never in the office, I’m always driving. I like how the program made it so I could take care of things during my drive. And we got the check really quickly.”

Natasha has completed eight projects that have earned her restaurants more than $10,000 in energy-efficiency rebates. She is reinvesting the rebates to make more upgrades. “I just installed four more griddles in the last two weeks. I’m waiting on that invoice so I can submit the paperwork. I have four more stores to upgrade after those.” Eventually, Natasha is looking to replace the griddles at all the Jack in the Box locations she oversees with energy-efficient griddles and is looking into other food service technology upgrades to improve operations and the efficiency of the businesses.

By the end of the year, she is expecting energy savings of up to 20% at the locations where griddles were installed. Natasha’s advice to business owners and operators is simple, “if you have old equipment just upgrade because you’ll see the saving on service calls and additional cost savings because of the energy efficiency.”

The CEMS program offers cash incentives for energy-saving projects involving the installation of new, high-efficiency equipment or systems. Serving businesses in San Diego, CEMS helps businesses experience cost reduction and energy savings through energy efficiency upgrades.

From grocery stores, restaurants, hotels, and offices to multi-building operations, CEMS has solutions that can help save energy and save money. Learn more about the incentives available for your business through CEMS.