16 Mar Commercial Refrigeration Energy Saving Tips
Taking simple steps to make your business more energy-efficient not only means you will be doing your bit for the environment, but can also lead to significant savings on utility bills.
The Guardian recommends engaging staff to ensure everyone understands the importance of saving energy. Focusing on the basics at first, such as switching off lights when leaving a room, can have some impact, but to make big savings, you need to look at where most of your energy is used.
As the Carbon Trust points out, electricity alone can account for over 50% of the total energy costs for some businesses. Refrigeration can make up a large proportion of the electricity used in catering businesses, and focusing on this one area can reap great savings. No matter what the size of your business, if you use commercial refrigerators, you can save money on your energy bills by following a few simple tips.
– Selecting energy-saving models is an instant way to cut back on your electricity consumption. Energy costs will be reduced for the life of your refrigerator, and many models have useful features to keep energy use to a minimum when they are being used less.
– Depending on your commercial refrigeration requirements, choosing half-doors instead of full-length doors may be the best option. Half-doors mean a smaller part of the refrigerator is accessed.
– Think about the products you are most likely to be storing and go for a model that is specially designed to keep your specific products in optimal conditions.
– Go for models with self-closing doors and secure seals. This reduces the risk of cabinets being left open for long periods of time and using excessive energy.
– Check the insulation of refrigerators before you buy them. Look for an insulation thickness of 75mm or more for the best results.
– Think about the location of your Equipment
– Reduce the temperature of the room. The refrigerator will have to work less hard to do its job, reducing energy use.
– Locate refrigerators away from any appliances that produce heat, such as ovens.
– Ensure refrigeration equipment has adequate ventilation in order to increase its efficiency.
– Avoid exposing equipment to environmental factors such as strong draughts or direct sunlight. These can reduce your refrigerator’s efficiency and increase energy consumption.
– Avoid propping doors open for extended periods of time.
– Refrigerators are more efficient when they are full and have to work harder the more empty they are. Choose the optimal size for your business needs. Suppliers have a range of models, suitable for commercial premises of all sizes.
– Follow a strict maintenance program to ensure equipment is working to its full potential and remains as energy-efficient as possible.
– Keep your refrigeration equipment clean at all times, paying special attention to seals and gaskets to ensure maximum efficiency.
– Switch off any internal lights whenever possible, especially outside business hours.