Keeping your commercial kitchen energy bills down
Handy tips for energy efficient cookingSo let’s shut the bar for a moment and take that step into the kitchen. Many more pubs now offer food as a way of generating a further revenue stream. However, if not completely au fait with running a kitchen, some energy saving steps might be missed, and so here are a few steps that might help (steps that should also be communicated to the staff). For instance, chef should never boil any more water than is absolutely needed. Also, chef should only use saucepans of the right size, both for boiling water and for food preparation... always looking to maximise heat transfer, economically. Further, don't leave the ovens on overnight so that they are already pre-warmed on arrival (as some do), and even on arrival, don’t immediately turn on all the kitchen equipment – such as hobs and ovens – but only when they are needed. Equally, always counsel kitchen staff away from using the ovens to keep warm in the colder months. In the warmer months, conversely, make sure you turn off the heating boilers, when they possibly won’t be needed. And moving on to boilers, make sure your boiler (as well as the hot water tanks and pipes) are all fully insulated. Also, you only need to heat water in boilers to around 65 degrees, so don’t unnecessarily overheat the water, and thereby waste energy. A boiler can, eventually, start to lose efficiency so regularly inspect the boiler plant, checking for excessive noise from the burners and pumps, burn marks on the flues or other damage or any water leaks. Warning lights may indicate many of these issues but to be on the safe side have your boiler serviced regularly, to ensure efficiency. You will have heard a lot about switching provider to get a better energy deal, and certainly Utility Helpline can assist. But sometimes, simple steps such as these will also lead to lower bills. If you are a pub or restaurant looking to save money on your energy bills, please get in touch. We've worked extensively with the on-trade for several years and our experience could make the difference to your business.
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