How Energy efficient is your commercial kitchen? If your answer is “not very”, this could mean that you are wasting a lot of money every year on unnecessary energy costs. Now that energy costs are increasing more and more, this will become even more of a drain on your budget.
Luckily, there are a few things that you can do which will help you reduce your energy consumption and save yourself a lot on your utility bill. Try some of these tips, which can really make a big difference!
- Start with energy efficient equipment. This can be a big investment at first, but the savings you will enjoy over the years will be worth it. It is estimated that the average commercial kitchen can save up to $15,000 per year by replacing outdated equipment with energy-efficient appliances.
- Have your kitchen assessed. Many utility companies will offer a free energy assessment for your business. This will help you to monitor the efficiency of each aspect of your restaurant, so that you know where you need to cut down for the most savings.
- Keep your kitchen equipment well maintained. Performing simple tasks such as cleaning, changing air filters and checking gaskets and seals can have a major effect on the energy efficiency of your appliances in the long run. A poorly maintained appliance could be sucking up enormous amounts of energy, which is bad for the environment as well as for your bottom line. Set up a schedule for maintenance and cleaning, so that it doesn’t get forgotten.
- One of the easiest ways to save money is to switch all lights over to energy efficient LED or fluorescent bulbs rather than incandescent lights.
- Do you keep your appliances running all the time, even when you don’t need them? This can be wasting a lot of energy, so consider only turning them on 20 minutes before you need them. When not in use, turn off all signs, fans, ranges and hoods.
- Don’t forget about air conditioning, heating and ventilation. This can add a lot to your energy expenses, so consider investing in a programmable thermostat and energy efficient air conditioning and ventilation hoods.
- Rearrange the kitchen so that cooling equipment such as refrigerators and freezers are placed far away from cooking equipment like steamers, ovens and broilers. If your fridge is next to a hot appliance, it will have to work twice as hard to stay cold – which is a needless waste of energy.
- Train good habits into your employees to save energy. They should be turning off the burners when they are done, closing the fridge door and using appliances only when needed.
These are just a few of the ways that you can save energy in your commercial kitchen. With a few improvements and adjustments, you will be able to reduce the amount of energy that you consume – saving yourself money on your energy bill as well as benefiting the environment.
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