Energy costs can be expensive for busy restaurants and foodservice operations. Investing in energy efficient equipment can help operations to 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.
Buy the right 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 frequency of your cooking. Also keep in mind your plans for growth in the future when looking at an oven's capacity.
Invest in an oven with good thermal insulation and reliable parts
Assess the quality and thickness of the thermal insulation in your combi oven. Quality insulation is key to saving money on energy costs. However, thermal insulation performance and thickness isn’t the only important energy saving component of a combi. The quality of the parts used and the heating management within the system also play a big role in final energy consumption. Double- or even triple-paned door glass will lead to higher efficiency.
Regularly clean and maintain the 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 (water, drain connection, electrical, etc.). A pre-installation check is included in Alto-Shaam's Combitherm® factory-authorized installation program.
Use it to its full potential
Many foodservice operators make the mistake of not using equipment, especial 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.
Need help finding the right energy efficient combi oven for your operation? Speak to a rep or dealer near you for more product information.