Commercial kitchens are both busy and demanding. As one of the most high-usage industries, a commercial kitchen often leads to expensive business energy bills.
From dishwashers and ovens to stoves and freezers, it takes a lot of expensive equipment to run a successful commercial kitchen. With energy consumption so high, it is important to consciously improve energy efficiency. There are many ways to become more energy-efficient, but many commercial kitchens put this last on the priority list and often forget that it can make a huge difference to profit margins.
With significant water and energy consumption, commercial kitchens have a considerable carbon footprint, and so it’s worthwhile implementing energy efficiency measures. It will help reduce environmental impact, all whilst lowering those energy bills.
If you want to know how to reduce energy consumption in commercial kitchens, then we’re here with all the advice & information you’ll need.
How To Be More Energy Efficient In A Commercial Kitchens
Compare business energy suppliers
The quickest way to address high business energy bills is by switching energy suppliers. Even if your energy bill doesn’t change much from one month to the next, it’s definitely worth comparing business energy suppliers. We often get used to the amount we are paying for our bills and don’t necessarily realise that we are paying over the odds for our energy.
Performing regular commercial energy price comparisons is important and enables businesses to identify whether or not they’re getting a good deal. If you discover that you are overpaying, it’s time to switch business energy suppliers.
Before you compare business energy prices, it is a good idea to think about how your business uses energy. This will provide you with the knowledge to seek out the best deal. For example, a business with the most energy consumption during evenings or weekends may save more money by switching to an Economy 7 or 10 tariff.
Flick the switch off
Turning appliances off at the wall whilst not in use can save businesses hundreds of pounds each year. This simple change in habits can boost your businesses energy efficiency and free up extra money to be invested in other areas of the business.
When we’re busy or in a hurry, we often leave appliances switched on without realising. It’s easily done, but it’s also easily resolved.
Encourage and remind staff to switch off devices after using them by placing labels on or above plugs & sockets. This simple tip will remind kitchen staff to turn off the appliances they are using once they are done with them.
Keep appliances & equipment in check
Monitoring and maintaining appliances & equipment is imperative when running a commercial kitchen. Devices must be performing properly. Old commercial appliances may have a poor energy-efficiency rating. It may be time to start upgrading some of the old equipment. The initial investment will offset energy bill savings over time.
Inefficient appliances consume more energy, causing bills to inflate & creating a higher environmental impact.
If you're not ready to invest in new cooking equipment, even regular maintenance can help improve energy efficiency. Regularly cleaning equipment helps keep things running smoothly, and rethinking the kitchen layout works wonders, too. It’s also important to keep heating and cooling appliances separate - otherwise, this may start to drive up energy consumption. So, if you haven’t already, now’s the time to move your ice machine away from your oven and your fridge away from your stove!
Monitor & reduce water consumption
All the little things add up, especially in a commercial kitchen. As well as making an effort to become more energy efficient, water consumption can play a big part in energy saving too.
The likes of leaky taps & pipes will result in significant water wastage, meanwhile, appliances with high water consumption (dishwashers, for example) will cause your energy bill to rocket.
If you’re keen to reduce your water consumption and bring your water bill down, try limiting how often you use your dishwasher and don’t forget to run regular maintenance checks. You may also wish to install some water filtration systems. Water filtration systems help minimise mineral deposits and calcification, all whilst discouraging waste.
Reconsider water temperature
It’s not all about the amount of water you use, but the temperature of the water, too. And as commercial kitchens consume so much hot water, their energy bills reflect this.
Sometimes, only hot water will do the job, but where possible, try to reduce the temperature a little. The NRA stipulates that dishwashing temperatures must be 60 degrees celsius to kill legionella bacteria, but also cool enough that they adhere to safety regulations.
Monitor your cold appliances
Much like hot appliances, cold appliances consume a lot of energy. Fridges and freezers in particular have a significantly high energy consumption. The good news is that there are several things you can do to bring this down.
It’s important to regularly clean condenser coils to prevent early compressor failure & other breakages caused by overuse. Also, be sure to inspect doors frequently. Worn gaskets will prevent proper door closures which in turn results in more energy being used to balance the temperature of the appliance.
Energy efficiency in commercial kitchens is a hard thing to get control of, especially when it gets busy. Starting with smaller steps and working your way up to more energy efficient habits will make a huge difference in saving energy.
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