Cutting down the energy bills at the end of the month is important to all business owners. There is also a massive focus on sustainability at the moment, as we become aware of how our actions are affecting the planet.
So, whether you own a commercial kitchen or a convenience store, you’ll want to save energy in order to not only pay less but also to improve your carbon footprint – and become more attractive to customers, business partners and suppliers.
Purchase Energy-Efficient Appliances
There is a move towards creating eco-friendlier commercial appliances so, when you’re looking to save energy, buying energy-efficient products should be at the top of your priority list. Your electronics should be as efficient as possible and, at Walworth Appliances, we provide a wide range of appliances with excellent ratings, including A+++.
It’s also important that you purchase the right sized appliances for your business needs. If you have a small store and require display units, there is no point in buying the larger sizes if they won’t fit in your layout. And, if you find that your freezer is sitting half-empty most of the time, why not downsize to a smaller unit to save space and energy?
If you’re looking for commercial appliances in Andover or commercial appliances in Hampshire, we can help. And, if you’re unsure of the energy rating of any of our appliances, don’t hesitate to get in touch and we’ll let you know!
Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Appliances in Top Condition
Saving energy is not all about buying the latest appliances, although that will go a long away to ensure you’re cutting down on the electricity bills. You will have to keep your appliances in tip-top shape as well. By taking care of them, you ensure they last longer and perform well; faulty appliances can be costly, especially if they need to work doubly hard to do their job.
Part of maintaining your appliances includes:
– Fixing any leaks that appear
– Immediately handling any strange noises the machines are making
– Create a cleaning schedule (so there’s never any food or frost build-up, for instance, which can harm your appliances; if your appliances are out of commission, you’re losing money in your business)
– Have the appliances regularly serviced (you want to know as soon as possible whether your fridge or freezer is still running at the right temperature and if any of your appliances have developed a fault)
– Train your staff in how to best use the appliances, as well as how they should be cleaned
Reduce Energy Usage in the Kitchen
Cut down on the energy you use in your business by taking a few things into account. For example, unplug everything you can in your kitchen, from the lights to any electronics that don’t have to stay on overnight.
Even if not in use, a machine can still be using electricity if it’s plugged in, so don’t forget this key step. While this amount of electricity may not be significant, it can accumulate over time and, if you have more than one appliance on standby, you may actually see a difference at the end of the month if you unplug them all. For everything else that does have to stay turned on, ensure you buy energy-efficient appliances to lower your bill.
You may also want to boil water in a kettle instead of using the stovetop; while it can help in a pinch, it may be more energy-efficient to use a commercial kettle instead. You’ll also want to run the dishwasher only when it’s full, make sure you close all appliances’ doors tightly (to conserve energy) and boil food with the lids on the pots. Bigger saucepans also take longer to heat, so only use them if you absolutely have to.
These simple and small steps can add up in the long run.
Use Energy-Efficient Lights
Another way to lower the electric bill is to use environmentally-friendly lights. Turning them off when you don’t need them is crucial, but so is opting for LED lighting or even automatic lights that turn off after a specific amount of time.
While the latter may not be feasible in the ‘main’ part of your business (for example, if you own a commercial kitchen, everything will need to stay on), it can work well in areas such as bathrooms and break rooms. Sensor lights can help you to save more energy than you think!
Monitor Your Appliances’ Performance
Having an audit of the amount of energy you’re using is a good idea to stay on top of your bills. If you own a laundry business, for example, make sure to monitor the kilos of clothes washes versus the amount of water used, and how many kilowatts were spent. For this type of business, you may also want to consider using cold water, which not only saves energy but also preserves clothes.
Stay on top of your appliances and you’ll find it easier to save energy at the end of the month – if you discover that your fridge freezer or your tumble dryer is not performing properly and is wasting energy, then consider repairing it or replacing it with a better appliance.
At Walworth Appliances, we can help you to build your commercial kitchen, café or laundry business by providing the best commercial appliances in the market. We stock world-class brands like Vestfrost and Electrolux, so you can rest assured that choosing us is choosing quality.
If you have any questions about our products, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Our friendly team will be more than happy to help!