Located in Buzzards Bay, MA, Mezza Luna is a family-owned Italian restaurant that has been in operation since the 1930s. After a seven alarm fire destroyed the restaurant in 2007 E.J. Cubellis, the owner who was determined to rebuild, recognized that the costs associated with energy usage comprise a significant percentage of the restaurant’s annual expenses. During the initial design phase Mr. Cubellis reached out to National Grid and Cape Light Compact to gather information about the various incentives and energy efficient measures available to him. After reviewing proposals from both organizations Mezza Luna’s ownership decided on a series of measures focusing on:
- High Efficiency Kitchen Equipment
- High Efficiency Heating and Water Heating
- Insulation - Efficient Lighting and Controls
- National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) Premium Efficiency Motors
National Grid worked with Mr. Cubellis on the gas savings measures in the restaurant providing generous incentives to install high efficiency gas burners, fryolators, convection ovens and low flow pre-rinse spray valves. High efficiency condensing boilers and a high efficiency indirect water heater work in conjunction to improve heating and water heating efficiency. High performance windows, programmable thermostats and blow-in insulation were also incorporated into the overall design of the building. Cape Light Compact provided the incentives for measures targeting electricity usage which include high efficiency lighting, occupancy sensors and NEMA Premium Efficiency Motors.
As a result of his decision to install high efficiency equipment Mr. Cubellis was able to significantly increase his output while using the same amount of fuel going, for example, from 12 traditional gas burners to 36 high efficiency gas burners. The restaurant’s total annual reduction in electricity usage is approximately 53,000 kWh. Mezza Luna is a family restaurant and Mr. Cubellis is committed to carrying on the tradition of serving high-quality food to thousands of diners per year; as such, he decided that making an investment in energy efficiency today will provide significant savings in the years to come.