If your New Year resolution is to cut back on your costs in order to save for a family holiday or a new car, then take a look at our cost cutting commercial refrigeration tips.
This is the time of the year when commercial refrigerators are working their hardest to keep everything inside chilled and safe for human consumption. Doubtless you use your commercial fridge in your cafe or restaurant several times a day and it’s imperative that it’s kept clean to meet Australian standards of hygiene. This said, how can you also save yourself some money on running costs? Well let’s take a closer look.
If your refrigerator is old then it’s probably having to work doubly hard to maintain the correct temperature and you can be sure this is costing you money on your energy bill. If your bills seem to be extremely high then your best course of action might be to invest in a new model. The latest commercial fridges are more energy efficient than ever before and are a good place at which to start saving money.
# Buying Choices
Be sure to select an energy saving model when choosing a new commercial fridge as this will save you money throughout its life. Models to consider include those with intelligent controllers that can detect levels of activity and keep your fridge running on low energy during your quieter periods. Another feature to look for is a controller with an advanced saving function as this helps the evaporator work more efficiency, increasing energy and performance.
Instead of full doors consider a model with half doors or drawers as this saves energy since access is restricted just to the relevant part of the cabinet. Better insulation will also help save energy and make refrigeration more efficient. Ideally it should be high density, high quality polyurethane with a thickness of at least 75mm.
Where possible choose a refrigerator that’s designed specifically for the products that you’re storing and keep the setting at its optimal level. Finally always choose a fridge that has self closing doors or drawers together with quality gaskets which provide a tight seal.
As obvious as it sounds never place your refrigerator close to your main cooking equipment, as the heat will affect its performance. Make sure there’s plenty of space around your fridge since good ventilation increases efficiency and maximises its lifespan. Finally, try lowering the temperature in the kitchen as this means your fridge will not have to work as hard to keep cool, and you’ll notice a significant saving on your energy bill.
# Day to Day
An empty fridge has to work harder to maintain temperature so try to always keep it as full as you can – don’t overfill the fridge, however, as this could block the airflow. Make yourself aware of the load limit levels and stack your products evenly so as to ensure the maximum airflow. Always close your fridge doors and never leave them propped open.
You’ve spent a lot of money on a new commercial fridge so it makes sense to take care of your investment. Always follow the manufacturer’s recommended guidelines and have your equipment regularly serviced by a reputable company. A regular maintenance program means there is less chance of your fridge breaking down and maximises its working life. Things you can do yourself include checking that self closing doors are indeed working and checking and cleaning gaskets and seals on a regular basis.
Here at Static Electricians besides dishing out advice and helpful tips we also provide an outstanding refrigeration service which includes diagnosis, repair, and maintenance. As with our entire operation our focus is to provide outstanding customer service that fits in with you. No hassle, just a prompt, courteous response and efficient service. If your refrigeration isn’t performing as well as it should, then get in touch. Give us a call on 1300 139 039.