Evanston restaurants are being offered a small device that could save each business an average of $500 a year in natural gas and water costs.

The pilot campaign is being launched by Go To Green LLC, the Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program and local non-profit the Business Alliance for a Sustainable Evanston.

It lets food service operations qualify for a free low-flow pre-rinse sprayer to replace their older, less efficient versions.

Pre-rinse sprayers are used to clean dishes in commercial kitchens. The new low-flow nozzle screws onto an existing device in seconds and reduces the sprayer’s flow rate, much like a high-efficiency showerhead. The sprayers being offered free under the program typically cost about $60.

The goal of the campaign is to provide a quick and easy efficiency solution for local food service operations, thereby increasing the economic and environmental sustainability of the entire community.   

Restaurants may sign up to participate from now until March 31 at www.baseevanston.org/rinse.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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