Fixed costs in a business are usually just that…fixed. They cannot be changed, they are always there, and for the most part, consistent. But, what if there was a way to change that…A way to improve upon your fixed costs and make them less? Why spend more when you can spend less in the long run? What would it take? Let’s think efficiency.

Commercial refrigeration is one of the most energy consuming areas in the foodservice industry. C-stores and restaurants alike are starting to entertain ways to reduce energy costs by focusing on everything from periodic maintenance to retrofits/upgrades, and even refrigerated case placement throughout the store. Making Improvements in efficiency can reduce your utility bill. Those extra savings go directly back into your business. Simple, right?

What areas are being improved upon?

  • LED Case lighting:
    • Saves energy
    • Runs cooler to operate (doesn’t give off much its own heat)
      –  The freezer doesn’t have to work as hard to offset the heat the light is producing
    • More consistent light showcasing products better
  • Anti-Sweat Heaters:
    – Put on a scheduled program (eliminates the need for continuous runtime)
  • Motion Sensors:
    -Inside walk-in coolers and freezers
    -Inside refrigerated display cases
  • Periodic Maintenance:
    – One of the first lines of defense when it comes to efficiency and refrigeration
    – Maintain gasket door seals
    – Clean motors that drive HVAC
    -Make sure all hardware is closing properly (eliminate the heat that is coming into the freezer/cooler)
    -Door closers, Hinges, Latches
  • Look To Your Windows:
    – Coolers with glass facing west are going to have to work harder to stay cool
    – Solar film can be added to windows to shade the sun and assist energy efficiency
  • Cooler/Freezer Strip Curtains:
    – Adding Refrigerated case curtains saves energy without using any
    – Keeps warm air out of refrigerated spaces during periods of time when the freezer/cooler doors are left open

 

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