Ensuring Efficient Energy Consumption _ For any business_oriented kitchen design, energy efficiency should be a major consideration, because it's going to save you money on utility expenses. In an energy_efficient kitchen setup, your cooking equipment should be kept far apart as is feasible while still remaining convenient. For instance, your cooking equipment should be strategically positioned to optimize on the kitchen exhaust hood. Foodservice Consultants Society International, a global professional design and management consulting services organization estimates that energy savings from efficient kitchen equipment could be as much as 40%, which is nearly 3 to 6 per cent of your total kitchen operating costs.
Investing in Energy Efficient Equipment _ When you're acquiring new cooking equipment, think about the whole product life_cycle costs, which ideally should include the acquisition price, and the annual costs of energy plus any other long_term expenses linked with that particular equipment. In addition, make sure it meets the Australian Institute of Environmental Health recommended Food Premises and Equipment Standards.