Green Restaurants Are Here to Stay
Green restaurants are sprouting up all over the place, as they should be. Restaurant patrons have a growing daily concern for the health of their environment and the health of their families. They are making their homes, apartments, offices, cars and lives more green; why wouldn’t they want their favorite dining spot to do the same thing. Fortunately for commercial kitchens everywhere, restaurant equipment manufacturers are helping out.
Green Restaurant Equipment
The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy have united to form the Energy Star movement. Currently, five categories of commercial restaurant equipment have established Energy Star guidelines. They are fryers, hot food holding cabinets, refrigerators/freezers, dishwashers, and steam cookers. These certified units can save over 40% in energy costs compared to non-Energy Star models.
Some examples of Energy Star rated equipment are the Vulcan VPX3 Counter Boilerless/Connectionless Electric Steamer, the Hobart LXi Undercounter High Temp Dishwasher, and the Frymaster H55 High-Efficieny Gas Fryer.
We care about the environment at ShortOrder.com; so if you have questions about Energy Star rated equipment that we carry, just give us a shout and we will be happy to help.
Green Restaurant Tips
You don’t need to buy all new equipment at one time to become a greener restaurant. There are several other things that you can do to start you down the green path.
- You can use low-flow pre-rinse spray nozzles at the dish machines.
- Use compact fluorescent lamps instead of light bulbs in break rooms, storage rooms, offices, walk-in refrigerators, etc.
- Use take-out containers that can be recycled (#1 and #2 plastics and aluminum) instead of Styrofoam.
- Use organic foods in the kitchen.
- Make sure to use recycled paper products whenever possible (i.e. napkins, office paper, menus)
- Install occupancy sensors in the restrooms, storage rooms and any other low-traffic rooms. Lights will turn off automatically when the rooms are unoccupied.
Here’s to greener restaurants and a greener future!