High Energy Costs Make Kitchens Rethink Fridges and Freezers


The amount of power used by cooling systems has increased in the last 40 years, and although newer models are more efficient, they still account for around 20% of an average commercial kitchen’s electrical bill.


Understanding how to use them efficiently may help you save money and reduce your carbon footprint.


An expert in the field has said, “With energy costs on the increase, commercial kitchens around the nation are searching for creative ways to save money, and the first place we suggest looking is in their industrial refrigerator and freezers.”


Minimize energy consumption and Maximize efficiency in the Kitchen


Did you know that the US overall energy use is almost 20% due to refrigeration equipment?


Some of the most complex performing appliances in any kitchen are refrigerated equipment that may use up to double as much power as newer models, as explained by a Senior Refrigeration Engineer.


“Keep your fridge and freezers in good working order and upgrade them as needed.”


The older the equipment, “the more effort it takes to get to the right temperatures.” Newer models of inverter compressors are much better at reducing the effort needed to keep the environment’s temperature constant.


Evaluating current resources and determining whether investing in potential long-term improvements is worthwhile is vital.


Simply put, “vintage equipment has to work considerably more to achieve ideal temperatures,” he added. The inverter compressors in modern versions are much better at decreasing the load necessary to maintain a constant temperature in the room.


Experts’ recommends checking to ensure your refrigerators and freezers are set to their maximum temperatures (without violating food storage guidelines). Turning the dials up by one degree may often dramatically reduce energy use.


How to Optimize Commercial Refrigerators and Freezers


Well-maintained commercial kitchens cost less to run. But with the ongoing energy crisis, concerns about growing energy bills are forcing commercial kitchens globally to re-evaluate their cooling units to save on energy. But what should kitchens do?


Make sure the fridge footprint is levelled and not tilted.  

If your refrigerator is tilted, the coolant may pool in the pipes, requiring the pump to work harder than necessary and reducing the refrigerator’s efficiency. Your refrigerator may be wasting electricity because it’s leaning against the wall, and you may not even notice it’s doing so.


Leave some room for air circulation.

Maintain enough ventilation in your fridge. The refrigerator will break down and require more electricity if it lacks air circulation. A fridge needs a space of at least a quarter of an inch around its sides, back, and top for proper ventilation.


Inspect the refrigerator’s drain.

Debris may collect over time in your refrigerator freezer and clog the drain. This will lead to water leaking into your refrigerator from the gutter.


If you don’t fix the issue, it may worsen, and your refrigerator and the food in it will be ruined.


Adjust the thermostat accordingly.

The recommended temperature for a refrigerator is between three and five degrees, while the freezer should be approximately eighteen degrees.


With these settings, your refrigerator and/or freezer may prevent the formation of harmful germs, extending your favorite foods’ shelf life without requiring excessive power.


Limit the times you open the door.

Keep in mind that cold air is lost each time the door is opened, making the appliance work more than it has to.


Maintain an ideal temperature setting.

You may save money on your energy bill in the future and help the environment by maintaining an ideal temperature. It usually takes appliances, like refrigerators, about 24 hours to readjust to new temperature settings.


The takeaway is don’t be afraid to ask for advice on maintenance and repairs, upgrades, and learning about other opportunities to save costs by conserving energy.


If you’re considering upgrading, this is particularly useful – you will want to choose an energy-saving fridge or freezer that will cut costs and do its part for the environment.


This is where NOVACHILL comes in, with over 40 years in the refrigeration business; NOVACHILL has become synonymous with High-end commercial fridge & freezer displays.


If you want more advice or information, call (03) 5622 0194 or visit www.novachill.com.au.


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