Savings at a Glance

By participating in the BGE Small Business Energy Solutions program, El Andariego was able to take advantage of incentives to install energy-efficient lighting.

 < 3 months until payback on project costs
 8,736 kWh/year in energy savings
 $7,906 in estimated lifetime cost savings
 $1,091 in incentives paid

Managing one restaurant is a full-time job, so imagine running your own restaurant in Baltimore at night and operating a busy Washington, D.C., restaurant by day. Jaime Vasquez, owner of El Andariego Restaurant in Ashton, Maryland, and manager of the prestigious Lafayette Room restaurant in the Hay Adams Hotel in Washington, D.C., not only succeeds at juggling both roles, but also found time to enhance the customer experience, improve energy efficiency and save money by upgrading the lighting in his restaurant.

Opened in 1999, El Andariego specializes in both Mexican and Salvadoran cuisine. The restaurant’s goal is to provide an atmosphere where people can enjoy an exceptional meal in a comfortable and relaxing environment. With the help of the BGE Smart Energy Savers Program®, El Andariego recently completed comprehensive lighting upgrades throughout the restaurant, including the dining room, office, kitchen and storage space. These upgrades enhance the restaurant’s energy efficiency and improve the dining experience for customers.

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New lighting in the kitchen provides a brighter and, therefore, safer working environment for restaurant staff.

El Andariego Restaurant used incentives to complete its lighting retrofit.

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