Having a close eye on the energy efficiency of your commercial kitchen can yield good cost savings so it pays to have a plan in place and be strict in some of your processes. Here are some tips that that will help you to save energy and money in your commercial kitchen.
Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning – investing in energy-efficient hoods and having a programmable thermostat that can turn off air conditioning when it’s not needed will save money in the long run.
Lighting – switching to energy-efficient lighting in your commercial kitchen will save on your fuel bills.
Efficient use of appliances – don’t have your appliances on unnecessarily. Turning on cookers 20 minutes before you need them should be sufficient.
Water conservation – only use hot water when you really need it and insulate hot water pipes.
Have a switching off policy – lights, fans, cookers should be turned off when not needed. It’s amazing how many commercial kitchens keep everything going at once and burn up loads of energy unnecessarily.
Staff Training – this is crucial to run an energy-efficient kitchen. Educate your staff about switching off equipment and conserving hot water so that it becomes a part of their routine.
Positioning of appliances – keep refrigerators and other cooling equipment away from cookers so that they don’t have to work so hard and use up energy. You can also position the hottest appliances such as open burners, broilers and steamers under the same vent to save wasted energy.
Energy assessment – bring in an electrical contract company to do an energy assessment of your commercial kitchen. With thermal imaging equipment they will be able to identify where you are losing the most heat and make recommendations on where you could make savings. This could be a worthwhile investment.
If you follow the above tips you’ll be pleasantly surprised on how much money you could save on your commercial kitchen’s energy bills. None of this is rocket science, it’s just good practice!
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