Waste Not Want Not: Part 2



Part 1 of waste not want not looked at how you can save in the realm of ingredient costs. Part 2 looks into the area of energy-saving. Do you regularly check your energy bills? If not, it might be time to start because electricity is another area that eats into your profits but can also easily be cut. There are little things you can do that over the months, slowly adds up to a lot! Here’s what they are:


#1 Get your staff on board

This is perhaps the most obvious, but often neglected thing. Whether it’s to make sure the lights and fans are turned off when you don’t need it, or to check that the taps are not leaking – you can’t do it alone. You need to get your team to help, and they need to know what to do, as well as why you want to do it. Sit them down and explain the rationale, or even write out some SOPs to make it easier for them (and any newcomers) to remember as they begin to integrate energy saving behaviours to their everyday routine.


#2 Pick energy saving equipment

Do your research on which fridges, ovens and dishwashers are best for conserving energy. And when you look at the price, remember to factor in the energy savings you expect to get. These savings will translate to a lower total cost of ownership and can be important in helping you make a decision!


#3 Energy-efficient lighting

Look into energy-efficient lighting like LEDs or CFLs. Choose warmer lights over whiter or harsher lights, and if your outlet is slightly larger, maybe even consider using motion sensors to trigger lights on and off in areas that may be less frequented, like the toilet.


#4 Rework your kitchen layout

Keep the machines that heat (like the oven) and the machines that cool (like the fridge) apart from each other. It might not be the most obvious to you, but putting these machines next to each other means that each will need to work harder to “do the job”. Working harder means more power is needed, which in the long run can either add to, or take away from your overall electricity costs. Which brings us to the next point…


#5 Keep your equipment well-maintained

Equipment that are not well-maintained – for instance, covered with oil or grease – need to work harder to get the job done. So rather than overload your equipment, make the effort to properly clean and maintain them. Also, invest in purchasing spare parts to replace those that are worn out. There’s a chance that it can help save energy costs, and it can also help you spread fixed costs over a larger output if the equipment goes on to last a long time!