How to Stop Wasting Energy with Your Holding Cabinets

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Hatco-Holding-CabinetIs it getting hot on this blog, or is it just us? Recently we have demonstrated our love for cook-and-hold ovens of the Alto-Shaam variety, and helped restaurants prepare for summer. Today we continue this trend by focusing on our humble friend the holding cabinet. Heated holding cabinets are meant to keep food warm and delicious until it’s ready to serve to customers, so you’ll never serve your diners a cold casserole or a chilly chicken. But the same traits that give holding cabinets their reputation for patience and perfection can also make them energy gluttons. So how can you keep your trusty holding cabinets in good working order while keeping those energy bills down? Here are our top 6 tips for saving energy with your holding cabinets.

1. Pick the right cabinet for the right job. There are several types of holding cabinets, including mobile cabinets, countertop cabinets, and pizza cabinets. You can also choose between half height and full size, plus wattages of 120/1v and 208-240v. Choose the best one for your restaurant’s needs, that way your cabinet won’t be underutilized and wasting energy, or (conversely) overworked and consuming too much energy.

2. Choose insulated cabinets over uninsulated cabinets. Insulated holding cabinets are up to 65% more efficient when it comes to trapping heat vs. uninsulated cabinets.

3. Go Energy Star certified. Kitchen equipment and appliances that have been Energy Star certified have been proven to perform as well as or better than their more wasteful counterparts on the market. Make sure your holding cabinet has that little blue sticker before you make your purchase. (more…)

4 Energy Saving Tips for Restaurant Ranges

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

burner-safetyWhat’s the difference between a restaurant manager and wasteful range?

One hires, bills, and fires, and the other’s fire bills are higher!

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.

How to Save Energy in the Kitchen with Commercial Restaurant Equipment and More

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Are you looking for ways to cut down on your energy bills? There are some simple things you can do to reduce your bills using the right commercial restaurant equipment, employing better day-to-day habits, and more. This week, What’s Cooking has compiled a quick list of ways to save energy in your kitchen. Read on to find out more!

Choose the Right Commercial Restaurant Equipment for Your Needs

When you’re buying equipment for your kitchen, think about what you’ll need it for from day to day. Refrigerators and ice machines that are too big for your operation can waste a lot of energy, sticking you with an unnecessary bill. Likewise, check out the energy ratings of your kitchen appliances before you make a purchase.

Buy Energy Star-Approved Commercial Restaurant Equipment

Commercial restaurant equipment that is Energy Star certified will save you energy and money, making it a cost-effective decision. What does it mean to be Energy Star-approved? Appliances that feature the Energy Star label are backed by the Environmental Protection Agency, and have been proven to perform as well as or better than a product of its kind that consumes a higher amount of energy. Be sure to check out the energy-saving Scotsman ice machines, for example, which recently won 2013 Energy Star Partner of the Year. Bottom line: with Energy Star approved commercial restaurant equipment, you get more efficient equipment in return for savings on energy. Who wouldn’t want that?

Turn Commercial Restaurant Equipment Off

You don’t need to power down every time business slows down, but turning off your commercial restaurant equipment when you can will really cut down on your energy expenses. Take advantage of an afternoon lull to give your ranges and fryers a rest, for example.

Dim the Lights

Take steps with your lighting to make sure you aren’t wasting energy. Turn off lights when you can, like in the afternoon when the restaurant gets the most light, and remember to hit the switch when you leave an office or a pantry. Also, buy low-watt bulbs for your table lamps, and consider investing in LED lighting for overhead, which can ultimately save you thousands of dollars per year.

Treat Your Equipment with Care

Daily use can really take a toll on ice machines, fryers, ranges, and other commercial restaurant equipment if you aren’t careful, so make sure you know how to correctly maintain your commercial restaurant equipment. For example, maintenance of your ice machines is very important when it comes to saving energy. With proper care, your ice machines will run stronger and last longer, giving you more bang for your buck. Have your equipment serviced regularly, and use manufacturer’s parts that are made specifically for your equipment. Lastly, train your staff so that they understand how to use your commercial restaurant equipment efficiently, and explain the importance of saving energy in the kitchen.

More Energy-Saving Tips

How do you save energy in your kitchen? Find ShortOrder on Twitter and Facebook and tell us about your favorite energy-saving commercial restaurant equipment!

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