Creating an energy efficient kitchen is beneficial in a vast range of ways! Of course the main reason is saving money on energy bills. But it also helps the environment and can create a more dynamic working situation for the staff. It can also have a positive effect on the usage and running of kitchen equipment.
Here are some easy ways to help create an energy efficient commercial kitchen.
- If you’re not using it, turn it off
This is the one of the quickest and easiest changes to make, but unfortunately many people still forget to turn appliances or electrical equipment off. After a clean down, make sure everything that can be turned off, is turned off. Or, if you have certain pieces of catering equipment that won’t be used in the service, switch them off instead of using stand-by mode. Once you start turning equipment off, you’ll notice your energy usage reducing and your energy bill along with it.
- Install LED light bulbs throughout the kitchen
Out of all the light bulbs currently available on the market, both energy saving or not, the LED bulbs have the highest efficiency rate and on average last the longest. This saves both time and money, as your lighting will need replacing less often.
- Check over all seals and gaskets
The moment airtight catering equipment starts losing air through a seal, it started to drop in efficiency. So, whether it’s a fridge or under counter storage, it’s worth regularly checking the condition of seals. The earlier any damage gets caught, the quicker you can replace them and keep that piece of equipment as efficient as possible. If you have taken the help of industrial refrigeration companies for your HVAC and cooling systems, then they might also perform regular inspections to make sure that everything is in working condition, and if not, then carry out the necessary fixes.
- Make sure your team understand their role
If you make sure that all of your team are on the same page when it comes to the little changes they can do, that will massively improve your energy efficiency. Keep their training refreshed so that it’s always in the forefront of their mind.
If you’d like more help when it comes to creating an energy efficient commercial kitchen, NWCE Foodservice Equipment are a catering equipment company who’s engineers deal with an extensive range of catering, baking, ventilation and refrigeration equipment.