7. Buy more efficient equipment
Depending on your budget, you may not be able to upgrade equipment immediately. However, as and when appliances do need to be replaced, try to source high-quality, low-energy consuming options. Although they may incur a larger up-front cost, they’re a more cost-effective and long-term solution.
Work with commercial kitchen experts to find the right appliances for your kitchen’s requirements and look for indicators such as the European Product Registry for Energy Labelling (ERPREL), to indicate a piece of equipment’s energy efficiency.
Some of the equipment switches you can make include:
- Induction hobs instead of gas as they only use energy when in use (read our benefits of induction hobs)
- Auto-closing doors or split doors on fridges and freezers
- Multi-use equipment such as combi ovens to reduce the number of appliances in use
- High-quality ventilation to remove excess heat and prevent appliances from overheating