Rising temperatures may not be the only thing to worry about in the dead of summer. While the warm air outside may be welcome, it may result in increased energy bills that can really make you sweat. Those rising energy bills can lead directly to a reduction in profits.
Warehouses, industrial buildings, and manufacturing facilities all require a significant level of cooling that requires larger scale refrigeration. Depending on the size, though, the requirements could be quite different.
The Department of Energy and other organizations have new sets of standards for walk-in coolers and freezers. These changing energy regulations are impacting commercial refrigeration choices across the foodservice industry, so we'd like to take a few minutes to walk you through what they are and how they will impact your operation.
Imagine your operation going into shutdown mode during the dead heat of summer. Perhaps it's the Fourth of July holiday when your restaurant sees a massive surge in business and your kitchen staff is in the weeds. Then, your refrigeration goes down.
When it comes to finding energy savings in a foodservice operation, a number of opportunities present themselves. From lighting and ventilation to HVAC and food preparation, restaurant utility costs can be a source of frustration for operators, while at the same time, a source of savings.
A refrigeration system that uses heat reclaim is one way for operators to cut costs using the heat they already have.
Copper is a plumber’s best friend and an invaluable material in piping systems for commercial refrigeration.
The Green Restaurant Association is an international, non-profit organization dedicated to creating green, sustainable practices in the restaurant industry. In addition to detailing ways operators can green their restaurants, the Green Restaurant Association also provides a breadth of knowledge on sustainable foodservice practices.
Grabbing something to eat at sports arenas and stadiums used to be a quick and, hopefully, not too messy affair. Fine dining was not part of the experience of watching a live baseball or hockey game. Times have changed, though. Sporting venues are becoming part of larger entertainment districts that offer attractions every day of the week.
In terms of commercial refrigeration in restaurants, hotels, and other foodservice operations, we often think of the summer months as being the prime time for energy savings. It makes sense because it requires more effort (a.k.a. energy) to keep things cold in the dead of summer, but that doesn't mean summer is the only opportunity for reducing energy consumption.
When it comes to food waste, there are many reasons why foodservice operations across North America look to reduce it. In fact, over the last few years, it's been one of the hottest initiatives in the industry.