CenterPoint Commercial High Efficiency Foodservice (CHEF) Instant Rebate Program

Your Recipe for Success
The CHEF program provides instant rebates on efficient commercial kitchen equipment for Houston area businesses that engage in the commercial foodservice industry.
We connect eligible businesses with participating distributors who can offer an instant rebate on ENERGY STAR® rated foodservice appliances. The program combines a supply-side participant incentive and a prescriptive equipment incentive for the end-user. These incentives help distributors reduce the incremental cost differences between energy-efficient and conventional equipment.
Program information for Market Partner Network Distributors
This program is for you! Commercial kitchens consume a considerable amount of energy, significantly more than other commercial buildings, where over half of a restaurant's energy consumption is in food preparation, cooking, refrigeration, and sanitation.
Partner with CenterPoint Energy today to bring energy efficiency and cost savings to your customers. Throughout the process, we provide support and work in tandem with you to help engage and educate customers on the value of energy efficiency and cost reduction with energy-efficient equipment.
Eligible Market Partner Network business types can include:

If you are in the foodservice market but unsure if you match our program criteria, please call or email us for a quick chat, or click here to receive information and updates.
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Program information for Commercial Foodservice Buyers
Whether you are considering replacing old equipment, retrofitting your commercial kitchen, or building a new one, the type of equipment you choose can impact your bottom line.
Incentives and Eligible Equipment
Incentives may range anywhere from $150 to $1,900. Equipment must be ENERGY STAR® qualified, and incentives are only eligible for electric-only fuel types in the following categories:

Eligible Customers
You don't have to look far to find quality, energy efficient kitchen appliances. It is as easy as:
  1. Finding a distributor from our Market Partner Network
  2. Picking qualified ENERGY STAR® equipment,
  3. Placing your order
The rebate is instantly applied at the point of sale, eliminating the need for any cumbersome applications or lengthy reimbursement periods.
If you do not see your Distributor on our Market Partner Network, please let us know. We can reach out to them on your behalf.
Customers must be located within the Greater-Houston area of CenterPoint Energy's service territory and receive an electric distribution from CenterPoint Energy. Equipment must be installed on a non-residential meter and have an ESI ID number that starts with 100890. Check here to confirm eligibility
Program Contacts

Austin Pooley, Program Manager

Julia Emerson

Rebate portal for approved MPN members


How to Apply:

Stand-alone Application

For individual applications per customer


Bulk Upload Application

For multiple sales and multiple customers