Managing energy costs is essential for any business. Allowing dollars to escape due to inefficient or improperly sealed equipment and doorways can cost owners a substantial amount of money. Savings incurred from better energy conservation may be applied to investment in future volume-producing initiatives or allowed to drop to the bottom line as incremental profits.

How do you know if your business is wasting money through energy inefficiency?

Self-Administered Energy Survey

Set aside time to review your facility to determine where unnecessary energy losses may be occurring. Sometimes the solutions are simple and require very little investment.

One self-administered survey, created by SoCalGas, guides foodservice operators through a series of steps to identify areas where energy may be consumed unnecessarily and can be improved. The areas of attention include:

  • Refrigeration
  • Lighting
  • Sanitation
  • HVAC
  • Food Preparation

Improvements in each area can save money and improve your operations.

Look for Ways to Improve Refrigeration and HVAC Costs

According to the SoCalGas estimates, refrigeration and HVAC combined consume 34% of the energy used in a foodservice establishment. A good starting point for assessing your energy efficiency is to scrutinize these areas.

One contributor to excess energy usage may involve employees who carelessly prop cooler doors open for extended periods or leave doors ajar when they should be closed.  Develop an energy training seminar and add signage as employee reminders is an excellent first step.

Check Your Equipment: Replace the Seals

In other instances, your equipment and appliances may be the cause of excessive energy usage. Before phoning your equipment suppliers who might suggest expensive repairs or replacements, you should begin by making sure all refrigerator and freezer seals are functioning correctly, and freezer curtains are in good shape.

 With continuous use and high traffic, door and window seals become worn out over time as tiny energy-losing gaps begin to appear. Because thermostats are set to maintain a specific temperature for food safety and customer comfort, refrigeration and HVAC equipment must work harder to achieve the desired ambient temperatures.

For example, if a walk-in freezer door, is improperly sealed, additional energy is required to keep the temperature in the freezer low. Similarly, as the cold air escapes the freezer, the HVAC system must work harder to maintain the desired ambient temperature. This situation results in an additional double-negative for your bottom line.

Central Plastic & Rubber Company manufactures and markets high-quality products designed specifically for foodservice and other industries. In business for nearly 60 years, Central Plastic’s dedicated management and staff focus on finding the best energy conservation solutions for their national and local clientele.

Central Plastic and Rubber Co. offers:

  • High-quality weather stripping for exterior doors and windows. Available in 1/16”, 1/8”, 3.16”, ¼”, 3/8”, and ½”,  the stripping efficiently keeps the warm or cool air inside while preventing moisture outside. These strips are also designed for use on the freezer and walk-in cooler doors.
  • Wide, transparent vinyl door curtain strips that allow walk-in doors to be open while allowing only minimal cold air to escape. These strips are available in 8”, 12”, and 16” widths. Central Plastic will custom cut the lengths to your requirements. The same width vinyl strips can be custom cut by the customer. 

Contact Central Plastic and Rubber

For more information regarding energy conservation in your operation, contact Central Plastic and Rubber of Phoenix. The experts will be glad to discuss solutions related to energy management in your facility.

Visit the Central Plastic website to see their many creative solutions or phone 602- 268-6368.