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But all jokes aside, folks, you’ve got a lot of kitchen to do, and you need to save all the money you can. Did you know that by being conscious of the way you use energy with your ranges, you can actually save money on your gas and electric bills? Plus, saving energy in the kitchen isn’t just good for your utility bills; it’s also better for the environment. So treat your ranges right, and they’ll serve you well for years to come. To help you get started, here are 4 tips to help you save energy when cooking with a range.
1. Pay attention to the color of your flame. If you have an open flame burner, your flame should always burn steady and blue. Not only will it save you energy, but keeping your flame even and blue is safer. A sputtering yellow flame could be indicative of a gas leak.
2. Use lids on pots. Adding a lid while you cook can shorten cook time by holding heat in, saving you time and improving efficiency.
3. Turn your burners off when not in use. A good range will have fairly rapid start-up and recovery times, so pay attention to when your customer traffic lulls occur and turn off your ranges accordingly.
4. Train your kitchen staff. Work with your back-of-house staff to talk about the ways to save energy in the kitchen. Not only will this reduce your energy bills and improve the life of your equipment, it will help reduce overall hold times during food preparation.
For more energy saving tips, check out the What’s Cooking guide to saving energy in your restaurant.