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Summer is only beginning, but the outside temperatures tell a different story…

Rising temperatures may not be the only thing to worry about as we approach the heat of the summer months. While the warm air outside may be welcome after the crazy winter we had this year, 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 and severely impact your bottom line.

The good news is you can keep your profits high even as the temperatures continue to rise this summer if you take appropriate measures to keep the energy bills down. Here are a few of the steps you can take to save energy this summer and keep the costs down:

Use energy-efficient appliances

It is no secret that your electrical appliances are the biggest consumers of power in your restaurant or dining facility. Those ovens, cookers, and food warmers are sucking up more energy than you may believe. Since they are the backbone of your business, you cannot get rid of them. However, some common sense can help you reduce power bills considerably.

For instance, consider switching off that oven if it is not in use. It does not make sense to keep it running if no food is under processing. You can also invest in energy-efficient kitchen appliances to upgrade your foodservice equipment. Upgrading this equipment will reduce your energy usage considerably.  Check out your utility Company’s Rebates on new Kitchen equipment purchases as there may be an incentive.

Manage your lighting systems

Your lights could be consuming more energy than necessary, so again it is essential to manage them properly. You could start by replacing your old, power-hungry bulbs with energy-efficient lights. They may be expensive at first but will save you a lot of energy in the long run. Essential examples of these modern low-energy lights are the T8 fluorescent bulbs which are up to 25% more energy-efficient than the old tubes. You may also consider making the switch to LEDs, which are longer lasting and save more energy than traditional bulbs.

You can also keep the energy bills down by taking advantage of the bright summer sunlight. Use large windows to let in more natural light so you do not have to keep lights burning all day long. It is also crucial to know where all your lights are located so you can switch off those in spaces not currently in use.

Control your air conditioning systems

Your customers will appreciate the air conditioner running at full blast when they pop in for a quiet moment away from the blistering sun outside, but you can be sure you won’t appreciate the enormous bill at the end of the month. Keep everything in balance. Satisfy your guests by running your AC when most necessary and switching it off or slowing it down during cooler times such as night.

You also must observe best practices to keep your energy bills down in the summer. For example, ensure your AC systems are in perfect shape by cleaning them regularly and repairing them when the need arises.  And finally, make sure access to the Thermostat is limited with your staff to ensure that they are adhering to the set Temperatures.

Finally, keep a close eye on your refrigerators and freezers

It makes perfect sense to keep your food cold and fresh all the time. The only challenge is that you need more energy to preserve your food in the summer due to the high temperatures, hence, substantial power bills. However, you can keep it down by cutting the cost of refrigeration.

Install Intelligent technology, such as ArtikControl™ to prevent defrost cycles from running on timers. Instead, those units should only operate when it is necessary to run them, and ArtikControl™ can provide on-demand defrost capability.

If you would like more information on how to best save energy and more importantly money in your foodservice operations, please contact us at 888-286-3091 or email me at marybeth@refrigerationtechnologiesllc.com.

ArtikControl™ consistently monitors your walk-in coolers/freezers and sends out alarms via text and email alerts when problems arise so that any failure is discovered and addressed as quickly as possible.

We monitor your systems 24/7 so that you don’t have to worry.

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Contact Refrigeration Technologies’ today to schedule a No Obligation Energy Audit. (888) 286-3091

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