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# The restaurant business wastes more energy than any other

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The restaurant business wastes more energy than any other industry in the United States. Nearly 80 percent of the $10 billion spent on energy by the restaurant industry each year is squandered by the use of inefficient equipment. At the same time, approximately 70 percent of restaurants in the United States are small businesses that are usually too cash poor to invest in energy-efficient technology. Which of the following statements draws the most reliable conclusion from the information above (A) The availability of energy-efficient equipment will reduce the energy costs of the restaurant industry by approximately 30 percent. (B) No industry in the United States spends greater than$10 billion each year on energy.
(C) By using energy-efficient technology, a small restaurant will reduce its expenses by a greater percentage than will a large restaurant.
(D) Approximately $2 billion of the amount spent on energy each year by the restaurant industry is not squandered. (E) The replacement of inefficient equipment represents the largest potential source of energy savings for the restaurant industry. [Reveal] Spoiler: OA If you have any questions you can ask an expert New! Director Joined: 10 Sep 2007 Posts: 946 Followers: 8 Kudos [?]: 293 [2] , given: 0 Re: CR: Restaurant Business [#permalink] ### Show Tags 07 Aug 2008, 06:04 2 This post received KUDOS 1 This post was BOOKMARKED Premise 1: The restaurant business wastes more energy than any other industry in the United States. Premise 2: Nearly 80 percent of the$10 billion spent on energy by the restaurant industry each year is squandered by the use of inefficient equipment.
Premise 3: At the same time, approximately 70 percent of restaurants in the United States are small businesses that are usually too cash poor to invest in energy-efficient technology.

A. The availability of energy-efficient equipment will reduce the energy costs of the restaurant industry by approximately 30 percent.
Passage does not support that energy will be reduced by 30% although squandering will be reduced by energy efficient equipments, by what percentage it is not clear.

B. No industry in the United States spends greater than $10 billion each year on energy. Premise 1 says this industry is largest squanderer not that it is the largest user. C. By using energy-efficient technology, a small restaurant will reduce its expenses by a greater percentage than will a large restaurant. Again no support in the passage. D. Approximately$2 billion of the amount spent on energy each year by the restaurant industry is not squandered.
Premise 2 says 80% of energy is squandered because of inefficient equipments, however, it does not say that rest 20% is efficiently used. Maybe there are other factors also but they may be small as compared to the main factor sited in the passage.

E. The replacement of inefficient equipment represents the largest potential source of energy savings for the restaurant industry.
Seems Correct. Because 80% of energy wastage is attributed to inefficient equipments.
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07 Aug 2008, 07:14
I also like E.
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07 Aug 2008, 09:27
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The restaurant business wastes more energy than any other industry in the United States. Nearly 80 percent of the $10 billion spent on energy by the restaurant industry each year is squandered by the use of inefficient equipment. At the same time, approximately 70 percent of restaurants in the United States are small businesses that are usually too cash poor to invest in energy-efficient technology. Which of the following statements draws the most reliable conclusion from the information above A. The availability of energy-efficient equipment will reduce the energy costs of the restaurant industry by approximately 30 percent. B. No industry in the United States spends greater than$10 billion each year on energy.

C. By using energy-efficient technology, a small restaurant will reduce its expenses by a greater percentage than will a large restaurant.

D. Approximately $2 billion of the amount spent on energy each year by the restaurant industry is not squandered. E. The replacement of inefficient equipment represents the largest potential source of energy savings for the restaurant industry. IMO E) VP Joined: 17 Jun 2008 Posts: 1396 Followers: 8 Kudos [?]: 306 [0], given: 0 Re: CR: Restaurant Business [#permalink] ### Show Tags 08 Aug 2008, 20:46 pmenon wrote: The restaurant business wastes more energy than any other industry in the United States. Nearly 80 percent of the$10 billion spent on energy by the restaurant industry each year is squandered by the use of inefficient equipment. At the same time, approximately 70 percent of restaurants in the United States are small businesses that are usually too cash poor to invest in energy-efficient technology.

Which of the following statements draws the most reliable conclusion from the information above

A. The availability of energy-efficient equipment will reduce the energy costs of the restaurant industry by approximately 30 percent. -> 30% is not a correct figure and misleading not a conclution

B. No industry in the United States spends greater than $10 billion each year on energy. -> not a conclution C. By using energy-efficient technology, a small restaurant will reduce its expenses by a greater percentage than will a large restaurant. -> OOS why are we comparing large industries here .again eve 30% of restraunts are large businesses which might conserve energy by using efficient tech. D. Approximately$2 billion of the amount spent on energy each year by the restaurant industry is not squandered. -> irrelevant

E. The replacement of inefficient equipment represents the largest potential source of energy savings for the restaurant industry. -> this is apt since 70% of restaraunts represent a majority where inefficient equip. exists and these equip lead to wastage of energy.replacing these equip can then improve energy savings

IMO E
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08 Aug 2008, 23:30
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The restaurant business wastes more energy than any other industry in the United States. Nearly 80 percent of the $10 billion spent on energy by the restaurant industry each year is squandered by the use of inefficient equipment. At the same time, approximately 70 percent of restaurants in the United States are small businesses that are usually too cash poor to invest in energy-efficient technology. Which of the following statements draws the most reliable conclusion from the information above A. The availability of energy-efficient equipment will reduce the energy costs of the restaurant industry by approximately 30 percent. B. No industry in the United States spends greater than$10 billion each year on energy.

C. By using energy-efficient technology, a small restaurant will reduce its expenses by a greater percentage than will a large restaurant.

D. Approximately $2 billion of the amount spent on energy each year by the restaurant industry is not squandered. E. The replacement of inefficient equipment represents the largest potential source of energy savings for the restaurant industry. I think D is more reliable than E. Intern Joined: 26 May 2008 Posts: 1 Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 0 Re: CR: Restaurant Business [#permalink] ### Show Tags 09 Aug 2008, 02:00 imo D since "replacement" in E is out of scope SVP Joined: 28 Dec 2005 Posts: 1572 Followers: 3 Kudos [?]: 151 [0], given: 2 Re: CR: Restaurant Business [#permalink] ### Show Tags 09 Aug 2008, 06:50 i had picked D as well, but apparently the OA is E Senior Manager Joined: 06 Jul 2007 Posts: 285 Followers: 3 Kudos [?]: 51 [0], given: 0 Re: CR: Restaurant Business [#permalink] ### Show Tags 09 Aug 2008, 18:37 pmenon wrote: i had picked D as well, but apparently the OA is E what's the source? The structure of Official CR is such that one must be able to negate four choices. I believe both D and E can be the answers, But, if i have to pick one, D should be it (since it's in numbers, so you can't negate that). those who think that E is better than D, could you please give us reasons for striking D out? Manager Joined: 23 Jul 2008 Posts: 202 Followers: 1 Kudos [?]: 123 [0], given: 0 Re: CR: Restaurant Business [#permalink] ### Show Tags 10 Aug 2008, 08:57 Although I picked D but carefully examining the question stem I feel E is correct [b]Nearly 80 percent of the$10 billion spent on energy by the restaurant industry each year is squandered by the use of inefficient equipment.[/b]
There is a possibility that some other source may have led to further squandering of energy resources hence E is the best answer choice
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10 Aug 2008, 15:28
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i had picked D as well, but apparently the OA is E

What's the source of this question?
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10 Aug 2008, 17:27
i got the question off another forum; i dont recall them posting a source for it though
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20 Sep 2010, 05:25
IMO E
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20 Sep 2010, 05:30
How can we conclude on the basis of premise that the replacement represents the LARGEST potential source of energy saving? Premise doesn't say anything about this except for giving a percentage, 80%. If E is correct, then we are convieniently assuming that there's nothing which can affect energy saving MORE THAN inefficient equipments.

IMO, on this front, D atleast conforms with the premise (a 80-20 split holds true in this option!).
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D can not be the answer since the original phrase does not say anything about the remaining 2 billion USD. It might happen that let's say 1 billion is squandered by the inappropriate use of energy efficient technology in the newly equipped restaurants by the restaurants' staff )

So I agree with E. This is the only right choice.
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20 Sep 2010, 09:20
IMO E.

Agree with szaszka.
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20 Sep 2010, 09:24
IMO E. agree with harsha1.
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E seems good:)
E it is then
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20 Sep 2010, 17:13
+1 for E, Cause it represents the entire CR and

The restaurant business wastes more energy than any other industry in the United States.(restaurant business wastes energy)

Nearly 80 percent of the \$10 billion spent on energy by the restaurant industry each year is squandered by the use of inefficient equipment.(wastes energy due to inefficient equipment )
At the same time, approximately 70 percent of restaurants in the United States are small businesses that are usually too cash poor to invest in energy-efficient technology.(wastes energy lack of energy-efficient technology)

Overall, energy can be saved by energy-efficient equipment
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20 Sep 2010, 17:39
I went for D.
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