Smart Design and Equipment Technology Leads to Greener Kitchens
Today’s chefs, restaurateurs and foodservice operators are more environmentally conscious than ever. In recent years, they have become savvier about how their operations affect the environment. In addition to specifying energy-saving equipment, many have implemented programs for conserving energy and water and managing waste. This has created an evolution from energy efficient to truly sustainable kitchens that are not only kind to the Earth, but also the bottom line.
ENERGY STAR®-rated equipment is a cornerstone of any green kitchen. With 1,150+ ENERGY STAR products, Manitowoc Foodservice is a recognized leader in developing products that are more energy efficient. Now Manitowoc has taken its commitment to green equipment to new levels, especially with its refrigeration units and ice machines.
Delfield Refrigeration and Concepts Custom Serving Lines
Refrigeration alone can account for 19% of an operation’s energy usage. Delfield offers more than 900 reach-in and undercounter refrigerator models that meet ENERGY STAR criteria. The ENERGY STAR label can lead to 35% energy savings with payback on the equipment investment within 1.3 years.
The right equipment size and configuration also leads to less energy waste. Delfield recently introduced its Concepts program, which allows operators of any size and budget to customize serving lines with right-sized undercounter refrigerators with prep counters, serving stations, drop-ins, warmers and more. Custom serving lines maximize presentation to the end consumer and allow operators to get the exact equipment needed for their menu. Visit the Delfield Concepts website to see 12 sample configurations or use the configuration tool to completely customize a counter or download our Delfield iPad apps at MTWapps.com.
Regular service, recharging refrigerant, proper air flow and always closing the door completely after use are other simple tips to increase energy savings. Delfield also uses environmentally friendly R404A refrigerant.
Manitowoc Ice Indigo™ Series Provides Intelligent Thinking Inside the Box
Manitowoc Ice leads the way with dozens of ENERGY STAR ice machines that deliver an average of 15% more energy efficiency and 10% less water usage than standard models. The Indigo Series ice machines take production, energy and water efficiency to the next level.
The Indigo Series uses technology to simplify and optimize the ice-making process. Custom ice programs allow you to save energy by planning appropriate production for peak and off-peak times. And the EasyRead display provides energy and water usage reports, making it easy to adjust for even better performance. Water quality sensor probes allow you to reduce water usage by 20%. Visit our Indigo™ site or download our iPad app to learn more about Indigo.
Just as with refrigeration, choosing the right-sized ice machine is key to reducing energy waste. Proper maintenance, cleaning and regularly changing the filter are a few other easy ways to save energy. Manitowoc Ice machines use environmentally friendly non-CFC refrigerants.
Talk with Manitowoc about how you can create a sustainable kitchen using Delfield refrigeration units, Manitowoc Ice machines and hundreds of other energy-efficient products.