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Operation Green

You Can Be Seeing Green

Energy Star Restaurant Energy Savings Guide

At Manitowoc Foodservice we're committed to helping operators save money by using less water and energy.

Operation Green is about turning our commitment up a notch with a multi-pronged approach to making a real difference in food service: 

  • An ever increasing number of products available that have been third party tested to show reductions in water
  • and energy use, through our EnerLogic™ program.
  • Providing operators with information that they can use to save energy and water in their establishments today.
  • Operating responsibly within our offices and manufacturing facilities in a way that lessens the impact that we have on the environment ourselves.

Manitowoc Foodservice Top 10 List:

How to Save Energy in the Kitchen

  1. Turn off equipment whenever possible – Leaving equipment to idle uses energy, turn off your equipment during your afternoon lull based on your operation and create an energy saving shut down plan for closing
  2. Staff Training – ensuring your staff is appropriately trained on the equipment they are using will ensure equipment is being utilized to its full efficiency
  3. Examine your cooking methods – by looking at your menu determine what items could be
cooked on more energy efficient equipment and eliminate the use of those pieces of equipment that create energy waste
  4. Maintenance and repair – Having your equipment serviced regularly can eliminate energy waste by identifying potential energy wasting problems early.
  5. Manufacturer Parts - Utilizing manufacturer parts can help reduce energy waste as they are made specifically to fit your equipment
  6. Recalibrate – ensure that your thermostats and control systems are in proper working order, check them often to ensure correct cooking temperatures to reduce energy loss
  7. Seals – checks all door seals on a regular basis and replace worn out seals promptly to reduce energy loss
  8. New appliances – when considering the purchase of new appliances, take into account energy ratings as well as the potential for multiple uses
  9. Capacity – purchase your kitchen equipment with capacity in mind. Equipment that is too large for your operation wastes energy as you have to heat or cool capacity you will never use
  10. Lighting –Fluorescent light use ¼ to 1/3 less energy than traditional lighting. The radiant heat is also less with fluorescent lighting reducing the overall heat in the kitchen from appliances and lighting

Oven Top 5 Energy Saving Tips

  1. Combi – when utilizing combination ovens make sure to follow the manufacturer recommendations for usage and the programmable features to increase energy efficiencies
  2. Shut doors – When oven is empty make sure that doors are fully shut to reduce the heat that escapes
  3. Reduce temperature – during slow times turn the oven down to reduce energy consumption
  4. Fully loaded – when possible fill the oven completely as a full oven will increase the ovens efficiencies
  5. Maintain – replace seals and tighten – make sure to realign doors to keep heat in

Range Top 5 Energy Saving Tips

  1. Burners – maintain and clean your burners regularly flames should be even, blue and not wavy
  2. Lids – Use lids on pots to hold heat in, boost efficiency and shorten cook times
  3. Induction – for smaller cooking purposes or kitchens consider investing in induction technology
which heats quickly, ease of use and are highly efficient
  4. Turn it off – when not utilizing the range turn off burners
  5. Training – work with kitchen staff to reduce overall hold times when preparing food

Fryers Top 4 Energy Saving Tips

  1. Equipment – purchase energy rated fryers they can save up to 25% more energy
  2. Turn it off – During slower times turn off the fryer as most fryers spend up to 75 % of their day idling
  3. Oil – make sure to clean and change oil as recommended to keep the fryer clean working properly
  4. Thermostats – check and adjust thermostats regularly to ensure proper cooking temperatures – proper cooking temperatures reduce energy waste

Refrigeration Top 5 Energy Saving Tips

  1. Light – replace incandescent light with low temperature CFL’ s in walk‐ins to reduce heat in the refrigerator emitted by the bulbs – your refrigerator won’t have to work as hard to stay cool
  2. No small spaces – don’t push your reach ins into small spaces – the coils need air circulation to work efficiently if they can’t get air flow they have to work harder to stay cool
  3. Clean – clean coils and condenser regularly to ensure proper working conditions
  4. Recharge – ensure your refrigerate is full, too little refrigerant increases work load on the on the compressor increasing energy needed to cool the unit
  5. Close the door – encourage staff ensure doors are closed completely

Ice Machines Top 5 Energy Saving Tips

  1. Close the lid - ensure that staff is limiting the amount of time they have the door open on the ice machine to keep the cold air in
  2. Capacity – ensure you have an ice-machine that meets your capacity need too large or too small can mean wasted energy
  3. Clean – make sure to regularly clean you ice machine according to manufacture specifications to keep the equipment in proper working order
  4. Maintain – Schedule regular maintenance to keep equipment in proper working condition and extend the life of the machine
  5. Filter – change out your water filter according to manufacturer directions

Dishwashers Top 5 Energy Saving Tips

  1. Load it up – only run full loads
  2. Thermostat – ensure the thermostat is set to the correct temperature 140 degrees
  3. Prewash – do not prewash your dishes prior to putting them in the dishwasher, in most case it’s unnecessary
  4. Turn it off – turn off the hot water heater for the dishwasher at closing or during slower business times
  5. Clean it – clean your dishwasher regularly – empty scrap tray regularly and delime to keep build up from forming on wash and rinse jets

Steamers Top 5 Energy Saving Tips

  1. Close the Door - keeping the door closed will keep the food hot and steam in, but will also reduce wasted energy
  2. Compartments - shut down unnecessary compartments during slow periods
  3. Timers - save energy by ensuring that the steamer runs at full heat only when needed
  4. Clean it - regular cleanings will help ensure that equipment is always operating at maximum efficiency
  5. Maintain - keeping the steamer serviced regularly and replacing any worn or broken parts will increase energy efficiencies

Hot Holding Top 5 Energy Saving Tips

  1. Insulated Units - well-insulated holding cabinets have been shown to be up to 65 percent more efficient than uninsulated models
  2. Night Time - make sure to shut down the holding cabinet at night (since they are mostly left on) so you are not heating empty space
  3. Check Seals - checks all door seals on a regular basis and replace worn-out seals promptly to reduce energy loss
  4. Turn It Off - during slow times, turn off some or all of the warmers to conserve energy
  5. Maintain - schedule regular maintenance to keep equipment in proper working condition and extend the life of the machine

Service Top 5 Energy Saving Tips

  1. Maintain and Repair - having equipment serviced regularly can eliminate energy waste by identifying potential energy-wasting problems early
  2. Choose Manufacturer Parts - utilizing manufacturer parts can help reduce energy waste because they are made specifically to fit the equipment
  3. Recalibrate Systems - ensure that thermostats and control systems are in proper working order; check them often to ensure correct cooking temperatures to reduce energy loss
  4. Check Seals -check all door seals on a regular basis and replace worn-out seals promptly to reduce energy loss
  5. Clean it - regularly clean equipment to keep it at peak performance

Source: Putting Energy into Profits: ENERGY STAR® Guide for Restaurant