Did you know that in the United States, quick-service restaurants are one of the top-ranked types of buildings that use the most energy? According to Madison Gas and Electric, these locations use, “an average of 81 kilowatt-hours of electricity and 174,000 Btu of natural gas per square foot annually.”
That’s a lot of energy! But did you know that by making simple changes and equipment upgrades, you can minimize your energy usage and costs? With the help of Madison Gas and Electric, we’ve created a list of equipment upgrades that you can use to help lower your costs and make your location greener.
- Upgrades in the kitchen.
- Cooking equipment. Your kitchen equipment is one of the biggest sponges that absorb most of the energy. Upgrading to energy efficient cooking equipment will not only provide energy savings, but also tend to perform better than your standard models. Look for cooking equipment that is Energy Star qualified and start saving without the loss of quality.
- Exhaust hoods. Another way to reduce energy usage in your kitchen is by upgrading your ventilation system. Normally, these hoods will remove indoor air by forcing air from the outside into the kitchen to create a constant airflow. Also, did you know that you can use your exhaust hood to help cool your kitchen instead of adding an A/C unit and increasing your energy use by 25%? You can use a photoelectric smoke or heat detector to help determine how much ventilation is needed and at what speed in order to keep your kitchen cool and efficient.
- Ice maker. Over the course of their existence, ice makers’ energy efficiency has improved. Instead of just having one option, manufacturers now offer multiple models ranging in size and output to better fit the actual demand of their customers. With more options than ever before you can better match your ice maker to your output needs while reducing excess production and energy usage.
- Up-to-date refrigeration.
- Timer-based defrosters. Did you know that these handy units can be accountable for up to 20% of energy usage for your walk-in coolers? In order to decrease the energy loss, look into getting demand-defrost systems. Instead of constantly running, these systems can defrost on command and only when needed. Besides saving energy, this equipment can maintain product quality by lowering the defrost cycles.
- Lighting for your display case. LEDs, LEDs, LEDs. Did you know that LED efficiency goes through the roof when active in cold environments? That’s pretty cool! What else is pretty cool is that strips of LEDs are >40% more efficient than the typical fluorescent systems.
Don’t let out of date equipment hold you back and cost you money. Upgrade today!