13 ways to painlessly improve profitability: Refrigeration

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Display coolerHow many refrigeration systems do you have in your operation? You might be surprised. Of course, the first thought is of the behemoth walk-in, but what about the under-counter reach-ins, cold drawers, blast chillers, ice machines, milk coolers and other drink machines?

Following are some tips that may help you take the energy bull by its horns, but let’s first talk about the nature of refrigeration. Food Service Technology Center, the independent laboratory that tests for ENERGY STAR, explains that it’s not about putting cold into the box, but rather keeping heat out, and in the high-temp environment of the commercial kitchen, that’s a big job. So let’s get started:

1. Secure your walk-ins from the outside air. Strip curtains or plastic doors can reduce outside air infiltration by to 75 percent. They’re inexpensive and many utilities offer rebates, which can reduce your cost even more.

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