Next Step Living Expands Availability of EcoThermal Filter System to Three Key States in Northeast, Offering Commercial Kitchens an Alternative for Heating Water

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EcoThermal Filters Now Serves Connecticut, Rhode Island and New York City Boroughs, Saving Thousands Annually in Utility Bills

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Restaurants in Connecticut, Rhode Island and the New York City boroughs of Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island now have access to a money- and energy-saving clean technology from EcoThermal Filters, a division of energy solutions provider Next Step Living, designed to lower hot water heating costs and reduce a kitchen’s carbon footprint. Already helping dozens of Massachusetts commercial kitchens, the EcoThermal Filter System is eligible, in all markets covered, for utility rebates up to 70% of the cost of the system.

The system captures waste heat from cook lines to preheat water, saving commercial kitchen operators 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 and a reduction in carbon emissions by 19 metric tons.

“By expanding the geographic reach of the EcoThermal Filters division, we’re increasing our ability to make a significant impact on the environment while also creating a practical economic benefit that can be helpful in tens of thousands of commercial kitchens,” says Geoff Chapin, CEO and founder of Next Step Living. “We look forward to helping kitchen operators in our new markets save energy and money.”
Utility companies support the innovative product and, as a result, are offering rebates equivalent to 25 cents off per lifetime therm (a unit of heat) saved, with an anticipated system lifespan of 15 years. This translates into a 50% savings for lower gas usage kitchens and 70% savings for higher usage kitchens, making an already affordable product even more enticing.

In May, the City of Boston formally supported the EcoThermal Filter System, saying the “unique product could help both the financial and environmental sustainability of Boston’s restaurants.” Launched in February 2015, the EcoThermal Filter System is installed in almost three dozen commercial kitchens in Massachusetts. With product recommendations from the Massachusetts Restaurant Association and an endorsement from the Green Restaurant Association, the EcoThermal Filter system is poised to significantly impact the state of energy efficiency in the commercial kitchen industry.

Eligible commercial kitchens at present are:

  •     Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island: Gas and electric customers of National Grid.
  •     Massachusetts: Gas and electric customers of Eversource and National Grid. Or, gas customers of Columbia Gas.
  •     Connecticut: Gas customers of Yankee Gas.
  •     Rhode Island: Gas and electric customers of National Grid.

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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