Top 10 Energy-Saving Tips for the Commercial Kitchen


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On average, energy bills represent 30% of a buildings annual budget. Recently, energy costs have been increasing at a rate of 6-8% every year, and that rate could go up. The following steps can save you a staggering amount of money and help protect you from rapidly inflating energy costs:

Buy Energy-efficient Equipment

ENERGY STAR® awards energy-efficient qualifications to a variety of commercial kitchen equipment. A typical restaurant can save up to $15,000 each year by outfitting their kitchen with energy-efficient or ENERGY STAR® qualified equipment.

Maintain Your Equipment

Simple maintenance steps, like cleaning equipment, changing air filters and checking seals and gaskets regularly, can have a big impact on the energy-efficiency of your appliances. » Learn More about Commercial Restaurant Equipment Care and Repair

Keep An Eye On Your Air

It may seem invisible, but heating, ventilation and air conditioning accounts for about 28% of a typical restaurant’s energy expenses. To save up to $1,500 every year, invest in energy-efficient AC and hoods, as well as a programmable thermostat to turn off air when it is not needed.

Switch To Energy-efficient Lighting

A simple move to more efficient lighting could mean huge savings for your business. Every single bulb you switch to fluorescent lighting saves you about $30 in energy costs over the bulb’s lifetime. » Learn More about Energy-Efficient Lighting for Your Restaurant

Establish A Start-up And Shut-down Schedule

Eliminate idle time for all of your appliances. Only turn on cooking and heating equipment 20 minutes before you need it. This should be enough time for most equipment to preheat. Lights, hoods, ranges, signs and fans should all be turned off when not in use.

Conserve Hot Water

Saving hot water will lower two utility bills at once. Use cold water whenever possible. Insulate hot-water pipes, regularly check your water temperature and follow all the general guidelines for water conservation to save even more money. » Learn More about Water-Saving Tips for Your Commercial Kitchen

Retrofit Your Old Equipment

Refrigerator strip curtains, high-efficiency evaporative fan motors, variable-speed hood fans and low-flow pre-rinse spray valves are just a few products that can add up to save you thousands of dollars every year. » Learn More about Retrofitting Your Commercial Kitchen to Save Energy

Rearrange Your Kitchen

Separate your cooling equipment from your cooking equipment so your refrigerators do not have to work as hard. Group the hottest appliances, like broilers, steamers and open burners, under the same vent. » Learn More about Energy-Efficient Ventilation for the Commercial Kitchen

Train Your Employees To Conserve

Saving energy could be as simple as closing a refrigerator door or turning off the burner. If you do not instill in your employees the importance of energy conservation, your savings could fly straight out the window. » Learn More about Training Your Commercial Kitchen Staff to Go Green

Get An Energy Assessment

Many utility companies offer free energy assessments. These can help you monitor the efficiency of each aspect of your restaurant. If you are still not sure how to proceed, you can always hire a consultant. » Learn More about Energy Assessments for the Commercial Kitchen


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  1. I agree that it’s good to have fridge lighting that is energy efficient. I think that few people actually think of doing this but that it could save lots of money. I especially think this is true when the fridge is a commercial one because of the fact that I’m guessing it takes more light bulbs to power one of those than to power a regular fridge.

  2. These are some really great tips for anyone who works i n or manages a commercial kitchen. A lot of people don’t realize how important it is to run an efficient kitchen with environmentally friendly equipment, and how big of an impact inefficient practices can be. That start-up/shut-down schedule you proposed is really smart, I had never thought of that. Thanks so much for writing!

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