What is the key to running a sustainable and profitable catering business?
Energy efficient cooking equipment can be the difference between profitability and operating in the red! Hence the ‘sustainability factor’ comes into play. Outfitting your commercial kitchen with quality, energy and water efficient catering equipment will literally save your business thousands of dollars per annum in running costs.
Did you realise the food service/preparation area of your commercial kitchen accounts for the highest percentage of your energy bill, followed by refrigeration and air systems? Fortunately, with today’s increased awareness of global warming and other environmental problems, more than ever before manufacturers are challenged to produce quality, energy efficient equipment.
Not only is it wise to upgrade equipment to be more energy efficient and save, your catering business will also benefit from improved operating performance, uniformity of food production and a healthier work environment for your team.
When purchasing equipment, these days it is much easier for the consumer to identify the higher energy efficient appliances by referring to the Energy Rating label system. The label highlights two features:
- The star rating provides a quick comparative assessment of the model’s energy efficiency
- The comparative energy consumption (usually Kilowatt hours/year) provides an estimate of the annual energy consumption of the appliance
The second most costly running expense for your business is water consumption. High-volume applications use mostly hot water; therefore, water usage efficiency is key to significant water and energy cost savings.
When purchasing new equipment, check the water usage specifications, which details the efficiency of the machine.
The prime water-users in commercial kitchens are:
- Refrigeration (*operating 24hours/day)
- Commercial ice makers
- Commercial dishwashers
- Commercial steam cookers
- Pre-rinse spray valves
- Food disposals
In addition, Eco-friendly labels are often displayed on equipment indicating the product is energy and/or water efficient.
Finally, don’t forget the ‘simple’ daily workplace practises that can also save you $$$s in the kitchen. Here’s some food for thought!
- Turn off appliances when not in use
- Dishwashers – when practical, only operate with a full load and use the correct rack to optimise capacity
- Refrigerators/Freezers – avoid opening doors excessively, and where possible position away from heat producing equipment
- Equipment – clean, maintain and service regularly
- Conserve water by implementing tap flow restrictors/aerators
- Reduce waste – smart menu planning, use recyclable containers and compost
If you want to save time and get the best service, best prices and advice that you can use. Contact us today to discuss how you can save money not only today, but for years to come. Ph: (07) 3279 5204.
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