We all should know well why we should save energy of electricity. Hence, to lower our energy costs and help reduce harmful emissions as well as improve our operating performance. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to find the time to research. As well as choose from the most energy-efficient options, not to mention finding room in the budget. The Save on Energy efficiency programs, offered by the Independent Electricity Systems Operator. In conjunction with local hydro companies, can also help reduction in electricity.
From decoding your power bill to suggestions for seasonal holiday savings. The Save on Energy website has many excellent suggestions. There are resources as well for food service operators looking to reduce their energy usage. Well worth exploring, the site offers concrete advice. There are examples of how businesses like yours can benefit from energy-efficient practices and upgrades.
Saving on energy doesn’t have to be dramatic. It can be incremental and part of your daily routine. Small reductions can add up to savings in both cost and power usage. They are both good for you, your bottom line and the environment.
STUDY YOUR CURRENT ENERGY USAGE:
Examine your bills to learn not just how much your power costs, but also how much power you use. When you know how and when you use power, you can plan your strategy. Time of use is also important: shifting non-urgent tasks to off-peak hours can provide immediate results.
SWITCH FROM REGULAR LIGHT BULBS TO LED
LED bulbs to use up to 75 per cent less power than regular incandescent bulbs, and last much longer. The best thing is to have a switch to LED. Therefore, to save electricity the bulbs in fridges, stoves and hot food holding units should be switched to LED.
KEEP LIGHT FIXTURES CLEAN AND FREE OF DUST
For automatic shut off lights that are not in use and saving electricity. The best solution is installing dimmer switches on fixtures and timers. Take advantage of natural light wherever possible. Remember, every small step helps.
CHECK OUT THE SMALL BUSINESS LIGHTING PROGRAM THROUGH SAVE ON ENERGY
This program provides assistance with assessment, installation, and financial incentives towards your energy-efficient lighting upgrades.
Refrigeration can be one of the largest single consumers of energy in food service. It accounts for up to 40 per cent of electricity use. Efficiency is key when it comes to reducing costs and energy. Keep coils and fans clean and dust-free, and ensure they’re kept away from heat and direct sunlight. The lower the ambient temperature near the motors, the less power they’ll need to use.
ADD PLASTIC STRIP CURTAINS AND AUTOMATIC DOOR CLOSER TO WALK-IN UNITS
The Small Business Refrigeration program provided by Save on Energy can provide financial incentives to improve and fine-tune your system.
THE STORAGE OF FROZEN FOODS NO LONGER NEEDS TO BE AT -18 DEGREES CELSIUS OR LOWER
A recent study proved that storing frozen food at -15 degrees Celsius had no impact on food safety or quality. That three-degree difference can add up to substantial energy savings.
KEEP UP WITH REGULAR MAINTENANCE
Ventilation and space cooling is of major concern to food service operators. Balancing the needs of comfort and cooking can be tricky. A cooler ambient temperature makes refrigeration more efficient, which can be challenging during the hot summer months. The energy savings always takes place for doors and windows, especially that are properly caulked and sealed. Awnings, blinds and tinted window coverings can also help reduce indoor temperatures.
CLOSE YOUR FRONT DOORS
It may seem counter-intuitive or unwelcoming. However, keeping the cool inside during the summer and outside during the winter. This is a simple and easy way to lighten the HVAC load. If you need to retrofit from residential-style HVAC to a more efficient commercial set up. Then save on Energy Heating and Cooling program might be able to help.
LOOK FOR ENERGY STAR CERTIFICATION APPLIANCES
ENERGY STAR® certified products meet strict technical specifications for energy performance and are the best energy performers on the market. They can help you save electricity without compromising performance in any way.
Make your changes and upgrades part of your story. Not only will you save both energy and money. But, you will also connect with customers who want to support environmentally responsible and sustainable business practices.
Courtesy: Imtiaz Kermal