Hot Work Tips
Work smarter, not harder, and save money with these energy-smart solutions.
Turn your heated cabinet off at night.
Leaving a non-insulated heated cabinet on overnight, idling for eight hours, could end up costing you around $500 per year.
Use compartments wisely.
Use different compartments within the cabinet for different holding jobs. Setting different compartments to different temperature ranges will ensure that energy is not wasted heating empty compartments.
Use electronic controls if you have them.
Monitoring multiple compartments is easier with electronic controls. You can program different compartments to have different temperature ranges. This is a great way to save energy by using it exactly where you need it.
Never block louvered panels or air vents.
To work efficiently, the air has to flow freely inside the cabinet. Blocking air vents or louvered panels will make the cabinet work harder than it has to just to get the bare minimum accomplished.
Warm Up to Maintenance
To keep your equipment performing efficiently and with the least amount of energy, establish a regular maintenance plan with these maitain and save tips.
Check for loose gaskets.
A loose gasket makes an easy escape for heat, and lost heat is lost money. Keeping gaskets intact and functional will save you money and ensure that your foods are properly heated all the time.
If the auto door closer breaks, repair it immediately.
Auto door closers are a big help in keeping the heat inside the cabinet. If you have an auto door closer that is not working properly, fix it right away to avoid wasting energy.
Maintain door hinges.
Once the door hinges start deteriorating, your cabinet’s seal is compromised. These are usually easy fixes that will save a lot of hassle in the long run.
Monitor the temperature inside your cabinet.
Thermostats can and do wear out. To be sure your cabinet is retaining the correct temperature, use a thermometer to monitor it. If the proper temperature is not holding, consider getting a quote from a repair technician. It may be more cost effective to replace your cabinet completely.
Heat Up the Savings
Saving energy dollars begins with choosing the right equipment. Learn which energy-smart features can save you the most money and help you to conserve electricity or gas with these shop smart & save energy dollars tips.
Buy ENERGY STAR® qualified equipment.
Heated cabinets that have earned the ENERGY STAR use energy more efficiently, potentially saving operators as much as $430 per year on utility bills.
Look for more insulation.
Because insulated cabinets keep their heat better, they are less expensive to operate when compared to a non-insulated model. Insulated cabinets also radiate less heat into the kitchen, so less energy is wasted and the work environment is more comfortable.
Choose thermoelectric technology.
Cabinets that run on this technology are less expensive to operate and have the ability to run quietly on 110V. This makes them compatible just about anywhere.
Go with electronic control systems.
With electronic controls, a kitchen operator can monitor up to six independent timers for each compartment. By using heat only when and where you need it, you waste less energy and earn more money.
Select magnetic door gaskets.
This feature provides a better seal on your heated cabinet, making it more effective at retaining heat. Stop wasting energy and keep heat in the cabinet where it belongs.
Look for self-closing doors.
Sometimes doors hang open unintentionally and let heat escape. Automatic door closers help prevent this and save those extra few dollars from escaping.
Consider Dutch doors.
Dutch doors are a great compromise for cabinets that are constantly opened and closed. Instead of opening the whole cabinet, Dutch doors allow you to open just a section of it. This design loses less heat and retains more profit dollars.
Buy with capacity in mind.
Estimate your needs from a holding cabinet and buy the appropriate size. Equipment that is too large will have a higher initial cost in addition to a higher operating cost. Be aware of your needs before you purchase
Check for rebates.
Many types of energy-efficient commercial kitchen equipment have rebates available from utility companies. It pays to check with your local utility provider since rebates can cut a significant portion off your initial cost.