City of Boston Encourages Local Restaurants to Adopt Innovative EcoThermal Filter System from Next Step Living to Help Commercial Kitchens Substantially Reduce Hot Water

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Thousands of Dollars in Annual Cost Savings and Carbon Emission Reduction Cited by Boston Business Development Office as Key EcoThermal Filter Benefits

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The City of Boston is recommending the energy-saving EcoThermal Filter System from Next Step Living as an efficient means of lowering hot water heating costs in commercial kitchens, and at the same time reducing the kitchen’s carbon footprint, the company announced today. In a letter to local businesses, the city’s Business Development Office said the “unique product could help both the financial and environmental sustainability of Boston’s restaurants.”

Launched in February, with pilot tests starting in late 2014, the EcoThermal Filter System is already installed in almost three dozen commercial kitchens in Massachusetts, such as Three Cod Tavern in Marblehead, the Stockyard Restaurant in Brighton, Byblos in Norwood, and in the Barrett Restaurant Group's three restaurants in the southeast region of the Bay State. The system captures waste heat from cook lines to preheat water, saving restaurant owners thousands of dollars a year on their gas bills. The average, full service restaurant kitchen uses 2,500 gallons of hot water on a daily basis for food prep, dishwashing and cleaning. At that rate, using the EcoThermal Filter System would lead to savings of nearly $6,000 in the first year alone.

“Many of Boston’s restaurants are among the thousands of small businesses that have already saved money through their participation in our energy efficiency programs such as Renew Boston and Boston Buying Power. Encouraging kitchen operators to adopt the EcoThermal Filter System is another way in which we can assist Boston’s restaurateurs, and help further reduce our City’s carbon footprint,” said Steven Rumpler, senior project manager for the City of Boston’s Office of Business Development.

Qualified restaurants who adopt the EcoThermal Filter System will have access to an instant utility rebate for up to 70% of the system cost and can secure 0% financing, thus benefitting from savings starting in the first month.

“We’re very grateful that the City of Boston is supporting the EcoThermal Filter System, our first product servicing commercial businesses. Restaurants can achieve carbon emission reduction with the system, with minimal disruption to install the system, and experience a healthy contribution to their bottom line,” Next Step Living CEO and Founder Geoff Chapin says. “Helping the commercial sector is a logical extension to our founding business of providing whole-home energy assessments and energy-saving services to residents in the Northeast.”

Restaurants such as The Stockyard in Brighton, Mass. have benefitted as early adopters of the system, which reduces carbon dioxide by an average of 19 metric tons for every installation performed. “Anything you can do to help live a ‘greener’ lifestyle is a plus,” Stockyard General Manager Gerry Lynch says. “The EcoThermal Filter System makes perfect sense. You’re wasting all this heat, and now you can reuse it, while your bill drops. It’s a no-brainer.”

The Massachusetts Restaurant Association and the Green Restaurant Association have also endorsed the EcoThermal Filter System, which is also approved under the Massachusetts Board of State Examiners of Plumbers and Gas Fitters. For more information visit or call 800-719-9450 to set up a no-cost consultation with a product advisor.

About Next Step Living
One of the fastest-growing companies in the country, Next Step Living® is the leading provider of whole-home energy solutions in the Northeast. In 2014, Next Step Living continued its triple bottom line focus with an expansion into the commercial sector when it became the exclusive provider of EcoThermal Filter Systems, an innovative energy-saving product for commercial kitchens. Headquartered in Boston’s Innovation District, Next Step Living makes it easy and affordable for people to have a low environmental impact, at home and at work. Next Step Living partners with more than 400 municipalities, civic organizations, leading corporations and utility companies to deliver energy-efficient and environmentally friendly solutions for better living. Please visit for more information.

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