Tweet Let’s face it—restaurants are energy hogs. According to the National Restaurant Association, restaurants use five times more energy per square foot than other types of commercial buildings. And of the energy that restaurants use, the kitchen uses five times more than the rest of the building. Energy costs, on average, represent approximately 30% of [...]
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Tweet When Michael Oshman started the Green Restaurant Association (GRA) in 1990, hardly anybody in the food service industry thought much about sustainability. “The green business movement wasn’t something that really existed,” he says. “We were one of the first organizations that wanted to help businesses. We asked: ‘What if we went to businesses and [...]
Tweet Every to go container, every disposable cup, and every plastic fork your restaurant uses ends up in a landfill somewhere. Over the course of a year that adds up to millions of tons of trash from all the restaurants in the United States. For most restaurants, these disposable items are a necessary part of [...]
Tweet 1. Start-up, Shutdown Schedules Not everything needs to be turned on right away when the first cook arrives. Equipment start-up schedules similar to just-in-time ordering saves energy with no investment. 2. Low flow aerators These are potentially one of the lowest priced efficiency measures a restaurant can buy. Aerators range from .50 to a [...]
Tweet To be honest, there has been a lot of skepticism among the people I have talked to in the restaurant supply business when they first encounter the EndoTherm Thermometer. Maybe it’s the appearance: the oversized outer plastic shell, which houses a normal alcohol thermometer immersed in a special silicone gel, gives the impression of [...]
Tweet Unlike the tips previously offered in this series, recycling probably won’t save your restaurant or commercial kitchen money. And recycling will probably add work to your schedule and headaches to your day. So why recycle? Well, there are a few very compelling reasons, and not all of them altruistic, for introducing a recycling program: [...]
Tweet Restaurants use a lot of water. Between cooking, washing dishes, cleaning up, and serving guests, your water bill takes a good chunk out of your monthly budget on a consistent basis. Commercial water conservation is also a big concern of a majority of your customers, especially if you operate in dry western states like [...]
Tweet In the past few years, Prendergast & Associates have had the exciting opportunities to open new locations for our clients where we were able to optimize efficiency and “green” restaurants. Through constant research as well as attending many industry programs, I have learned a great deal on what can be done in the “greening” [...]
Tweet Every year, your restaurant’s green cred on the street gets more important. According to the National Restaurant Association (NRA), it’s one of the hottest trends of 2010. Companies across the board, in and out of the food service industry, have scrambled in recent years to label their brands as green, with varying degrees of [...]
Tweet Restaurants and commercial kitchens use A LOT of hot water. In fact, it’s probably one of your larger energy expenses in a given month. Here are some simple steps that can go a long way towards helping cut costs: Set water temperature to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Your dishwashing unit should have a built in [...]
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