Kitchens can be high energy-use areas because they’re full of appliances and use hot water. Here are ways to reduce energy use.
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Encourage staff to use the microwave rather than the stovetop or oven.
Ensure the top and back of refrigeration equipment is well ventilated.
Set the fridge temperature to between 2°C and 4°C, and the freezer to -18°C.
Defrosting the fridge/freezer twice a year helps to keep it running efficiently.
Place your fridge/freezer away from the oven and out of direct sunlight.
Wait until the dishwasher is full before turning it on, and use the economy cycle.
Keep food covered to reduce moisture build-up on the inside of the fridge.
Old cylinder thermostats can be inaccurate, so run a tap located close to the cylinder for 30 seconds and measure the water temperature. It should be 60°C in the cylinder and 55˚C at the tap.
Pressure relief valve
Regularly check there’s no excessive water overflow from the hot water pressure relief valve.