Check door seals on refrigeration units. Tight seals and properly closed doors keep cold in and warm air out. Periodically check for leaks and watch for warning signs like frost buildup to cut down on cooling costs. Here’s a quick tip: Try sliding a dollar bill into the seal. If it slides in, it’s time to adjust your seals.
Reduce energy consumption with an induction cooktop. Induction cooktops reduce energy by 10% to 20% over conventional gas or electric cooktops. 85% to 90% of the energy gets transferred directly into the cooking pan. Less ambient heat is produced, which is safer and reduces cooling bills. These units also heat food faster, provide more stable temperatures and are easier to clean.
Clean refrigeration cooling coils. Dirt and ice buildup prevent proper heat transfer and lower a cooling unit’s efficiency and capacity. Clean the coils regularly to keep things running smoothly.
Give refrigeration units breathing room. Maintain an air gap of at least three inches between the wall and the back of refrigerators, water coolers and freezers.
Cut down on equipment downtime. Implement a startup/shutdown plan to ensure you only use equipment when needed.
Cool it when opening and closing refrigeration doors. Avoid opening and closing cooling unit doors constantly. Repeated temperature fluctuations will raise energy costs and may lower food quality.
Step up maintenance on walk-in refrigeration units. Adding easy-to-install strip curtains and automatic door closures can reduce outside air infiltration by about 75%.
Optimize your kitchen’s layout. Place all cooling equipment together when possible and do the same for heating equipment. Keep these groupings separate to prevent heat from warming your cooling equipment. And put refrigeration units in well-ventilated areas to allow them to expel heat efficiently.
Invest in an energy-efficient ice machine. ENERGY STAR®-certified ice makers provide energy savings of 10% and water savings of up to 25%. Choose a size capacity that’s best for your business. Larger ice machines can increase energy consumption. However, they typically consume less energy per unit of ice than smaller units.