Kitchen upgrades and smart practices offer untapped savings

Did you know that Energy Star-qualified kitchen appliances can be up to 50 percent more energy efficient than standard equipment? Learn kitchen equipment upgrades and maintenance tips that can cut your kitchen operating costs and keep your operations running smoothly.

Steam cookers

Replacing a typical steam cooker with an Energy Star-qualified steam cooker can save your foodservice operation $1,100 per year. If now’s not the time to upgrade, implementing some simple best practices can save you hundreds on steamer operation.

Cooking equipment accounts for approximately 28 percent of energy usage in commercial kitchens. While running a food service operation isn’t cheap, switching to energy-efficient appliances can cut energy costs significantly. In fact, Energy Star-qualified equipment can be up to 50 percent more energy efficient than standard equipment.

The steam cooker in your kitchen has a major effect on energy consumption and costs. While this appliance is an effective way to cook large quantities of food, the process it uses to create steam is energy-intensive.

Traditional steam cookers incorporate a steam generator or boiler, an element that forces steam from the boiler into a cooking space, and a drain through which excess steam is cooled by a stream of cold water as it leaves the cooking space.

Steam cookers certified by Energy Star utilize a structure that consumes water more slowly, thereby requiring less energy and less water for cooling excess steam. Replacing a typical steam cooker with an Energy Star-qualified unit can cut your utility bills by around $1,100 per year! At an average cost of $3,600, an Energy Star-qualified steam cooker pays for itself in a little over three years.

Maximize your steam-cooker savings by training your staff to follow a few best practices. For example, using the steamer’s standby feature when the appliance isn’t in use reduces costly idle time for savings of $250 to $350 annually. Routinely setting the timer to switch the steamer into standby at the end of the set cook time can save $1,200 a year in a large kitchen. Finally keeping up with maintenance and repairs is a smart way to control operating costs on an ongoing basis.

The market offers an extensive selection of energy-efficient steam cookers. Learn where to buy Energy Star-qualified equipment for your kitchen at Energy Star’s Distributor Partner List.