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Seven ways to save cost and the environment
Nowadays, every organisation is encouraged to think about what impact our actions will have on the environment.

As many items of kitchen equipment are heavy users of electricity, gas and water, it can be one of the most polluting and wasteful areas of the business, especially if equipment isn’t used properly.

"Going green" can be a scary prospect for some people, and may feel like a diversion from key priorities, but adopting one or more of our simple ideas can help you run a greener, more energy efficient kitchen, and save a lot of money at the same time.
1. Use combi equipment

Using an oven that can do two things at once saves time, energy, and makes your job as a caterer twice as easy! You can also programme them to cook overnight. Using electricity at off-peak times saves money as well as energy.

2. Shut the door

If machines such as fridges and ovens are left with their doors open, then a huge amount of energy can be wasted without you even realising it. Make sure everyone double checks it’s shut properly when they push the door to in a hurry!

3. Fill Appliances

Filling ovens means that you are using the machine to its full potential. And you don’t need to worry about the cooking time slowing down; an industry sized oven won’t need to work any harder if it’s full. The same goes for dishwashers. As long as your dirty dishes are evenly spaced then the machine won’t have to work any harder, and you can save a lot of energy.

4. Turn It Off

This one’s the same principle as a television on standby. If you aren’t using a machine for an extended period of time, then switch it off.

5. Take care of your equipment

Extend the life of your equipment by having it regularly checked out by an expert. As machines get older, they can become less energy efficient. For example, split door seals on fridges and heating elements coated with scale means they use a lot more energy to do the same work compared with when they were new.

6. Invest in energy saving technology

If you’re looking to upgrade a piece of equipment, make sure you look at its energy efficiency. Manufacturers are now putting in a lot more effort to reduce the carbon footprints of the machines they produce, so it won’t cost you very much to have energy saving technology built in and any increase could be recovered very quickly.

7. Reduce water usage

It’s not just lowering energy use that’s important, there’s water as well. Dishwashers can be the most energy intensive pieces of equipment in the kitchen. More and more, we are seeing machines that acknowledge their energy efficiency, so have sophisticated filtration built in. Make sure you get one of these newer models if you’re looking to upgrade.

Implementing just one of these tips will make a difference and improve your carbon footprint.  As long as you’re doing something, you’re helping to improve our environment and your ‘bottom line’.

If you are concerned about spiralling utility costs in your kitchen, we may be able to help. 

To speak to one of our experts, please call 01384 271166, e-mail us at or send us an enquiry from our website


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