We all know foodservice kitchens consume a ton of energy. With so many commercial appliances involved in creating a menu, it’s crucial to invest in energy-efficient kitchen equipment. With inefficient equipment, you may be throwing away thousands of extra dollars each year. In this guide, we’ve shared a few of our favorite restaurant kitchen energy efficiency tips, so your operation can invest in equipment that helps conserve resources and save money.
Cook with Smart Technology
First, it’s important to consider and evaluate the most energy-intensive appliances in your kitchen, so that you maximize savings. When shopping for a new appliance, look for ENERGY STAR certification to ensure that it’s designed for efficiency and savings.
Another form of smart technology is ventless equipment, allowing a kitchen to operate outside of the costly hood space. A traditional hood costs about $30 a day to operate, and installing a hood can cost a business up to $4,000 per linear foot. By utilizing ventless equipment, these costs are eliminated.
To further save on energy costs, a restaurant can also invest in multi-functional equipment, where one oven is able to replace several pieces of equipment within a kitchen. This investment not only reduces energy consumption, but it helps streamline kitchen operation.
Invest in a Self-Cleaning Oven
You can reduce monthly energy bills by purchasing an oven with self-cleaning capabilities. When compared with the money spent cleaning an oven by hand, a self-cleaning model uses up to 50% less water, and it starts with the push of a button. This one tweak can result in hundreds of dollars of yearly energy savings and savings related to labor.
Reduce Energy and Water Costs
Combi ovens are far more energy-efficient than traditional convection ovens because they combine steam and convection in a single cooking process. For example, the Combitherm oven line can cook food up to 80% faster than convection. Likewise, you can adjust humidity and temperature controls independently, which gives you more precise results. Finally, Combitherm ovens have multiple power modes (Turbo, Eco, and Reduced), so you can control the overall energy usage.
Alto-Shaam Self-Cleaning Rotisserie Ovens also use less resources to help improve efficiency and your bottom line. The automatic, self-cleaning rotisserie oven system uses a patent-pending water-jet design to produce an oven cleaning cycle that handles the toughest grease conditions while using 35% less water and 20% less energy than competitive models.
Slow-Cook with Radiant Heat
For about $1 a day, you can slow-cook food with a Cook & Hold Oven using Halo Heat® technology. This technology is made of a unique thermal heating cable that is highly energy-efficient. This low-heat process also reduces meat shrinkage up to 18%, and you can place it anywhere because it can operate outside of a kitchen hood. All in all, a Cook & Hold Oven operates for less than $2 a day, putting money back in your pocket.
We’re proud to offer cutting-edge cooking equipment that is great for the planet that also helps maximize a foodservice operation's bottom line. To learn more about our energy-efficient kitchen equipment, request a quote today.