Babysteps to Energy Savings
Posted on October 14, 2011
Outfitting your kitchen in energy-efficient equipment sounds like a great idea, right? After all, you’ll save on the utility bill in the long run and you can advertise about the environmentally responsible steps your business is taking for the community. And who doesn’t want to breathe cleaner air, become a pillar of environmental excellence and keep the landscape enjoyable for years to come?
It all sounds fantastic, a no-brainer even.
But there is a catch… energy-efficient equipment is often pricey.
It’s true, energy-efficient equipment has more initial cost. Although the long-term savings will prove sustained benefits, sometimes the cash just isn’t available for such a large upfront purchase. So what can you do now to begin outfitting your commercial kitchen to be a lean mean efficiency machine?
Use time as a benefit and frame your investments from research. Look into what equipment you have now and estimate when it might be time to replace it. Then, research what energy-efficient equivalents are available to replace your current equipment. And while you’re at it, check out the rebate offers from your local energy company.
Rebates may be available for the following:
- Recycling old equipment.
- Purchasing and installing energy-efficient equipment including: refrigerators, freezers, holding equipment, fryers, ice machines, combination ovens and griddles.
- Installing energy-efficient heating, cooling and ventilation.
- Changing light bulbs to compact flourescent units.
Incorporate the following small steps to get you started:
- Dial down the temperature to 68.
- Install low flow pre-rinse spray valves, toilets and faucets.
- Run the dishwasher only when it is full.
- Recycle and use composting methods as much as you can.
- Use biodegradable disposables for your kiddie or coffee cups and take out containers.
- Banish bottled water from the menu and install filtration systems for flat and sparkling water.
- Minimize paper use and advertise specials on a big board or have them recited by the server.
Think about the way your business impacts your community, both positively and negatively and advertise the changes you have made to your customers. Target your biggest energy suckers and visit the local utility company’s website for troubleshooting tips that could help reduce your monthly bill. A lot of small steps can add up to big savings – all of which can go towards your first major purchase of energy-efficient equipment.