Energy costs can be expensive for busy restaurants and foodservice operations. Investing in energy efficient equipment can help operations minimize costs and save money to remain profitable. Here are a few things to keep in mind when staying green and buying energy-efficient equipment, especially when it comes to a combi oven.
Combi Oven Size
Before buying a combi oven, make sure you review your operation's capacity. If the size of your oven is unreasonably big, you’ll face more initial costs, as well as daily operational costs. On the other hand, if the size of your oven doesn’t meet your operation's requirements for capacity, there will be a higher usage of other equipment to make up for it. It is important to choose the size of combi that best suits not only the volume but the frequency of your cooking. Also keep in mind your plans for growth in the future when looking at an oven's capacity.
Invest In a Reliable Oven
Assess the quality and reliability of your combi oven. Quality is key to saving money on energy and maintenance costs in the long run. For example, the quality of the parts used and the heating management within the system plays a big role in final energy consumption. Double - or even triple-paned door glass will lead to higher efficiency. Alto-Shaam Combitherm® Ovens are quality engineered with built-in reliability to keep up with demand and reduce your overall cost of ownership.
Regularly Clean and Maintain the Combi Oven
Maintenance, a necessity for any appliance, can make a genuine difference to the efficiency of a combi. Regularly clean and care for your combi oven. Dirty and damaged heating elements consume considerably more energy to reach temperature, resulting in more energy costs. Keep the combi maintained and in line with the manufacturer’s guidelines. When first purchasing a combi, make sure your operation meets installation requirements including water, drain and electrical connection. A pre-installation check is included in Alto-Shaam's Combitherm® factory-authorized installation program.
Use the Combi to Its Full Potential
Many foodservice operators make the mistake of not using equipment, especially a combi, to its full potential. More energy can be saved by cooking in higher loads less often. By cooking in bulk in a combi and then holding food before service, significant time and energy savings can occur.
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