Increase your restaurant’s profit margin by making some changes in the way your commercial kitchen utilizes energy. According to Energy Star, restaurants use an average of five to seven times more energy per square foot than any other type of commercial building. Follow these tips to save energy and reduce your utility bills.
1. Upgrade Your Equipment
Your commercial kitchen’s refrigerator, walk-in freezer, oven, and other major appliances can be huge energy hogs. Upgrade your appliances to more energy-efficient models. According to the Supply & Equipment Foodservice Alliance, commercial kitchens that choose to purchase Energy Star qualified equipment can save up to $15,000 a year.
2. Switch to LED Bulbs
Light emitting diode (LED) bulbs deliver exceptionally long life spans and contain no harmful mercury. LED bulbs can also result in significant energy savings. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Star qualified LEDs use an average of 20 to 25 percent of the energy of traditional incandescent bulbs and last 25 times longer.
3. Maintain Kitchen Equipment
Simply having energy-efficient kitchen appliances is not enough. You must also properly maintain equipment to ensure maximum efficiency throughout the lifespan of the appliances. Check any air filters, gaskets and seals on a regular basis. Also hire a professional to thoroughly check your commercial equipment at least twice a year.
4. Adjust Kitchen Ventilation
Ensure that your commercial kitchen’s ventilation system is efficient and in good working condition. Retrofit all exhaust hoods with a two-speed blower. This helps to lower the ventilation rate over the appliance when the grill and/or fryer are not in use. It can also be wise to install “smart” exhaust hood controls that control when the exhaust hood is turned on based on exhaust air temperature.
5. Rearrange Your Appliances
The layout of your kitchen and where your appliances are located can make a big impact on your commercial kitchen’s energy efficiency. It’s most efficient to separate your cooking equipment from your cooling equipment so that the refrigeration units do not have to work as hard to stay cool. Move the hottest appliances, such as any open burners, broilers or steamers, together so that they share a vent.
If you own a commercial kitchen, you’ll want to ensure that you are doing everything you can to reduce energy consumption and lower your utility bills. For more information about what energy-efficient commercial equipment is available to you, contact a restaurant equipment supplier such as Avante Naples.Learn More