How today's choice in equipment can affect your energy bills in the future.
Many of the 2014 trend predictions put heavy focus on local, sustainable food options. These movements and trends are all about reducing environmental footprints while providing customers with options they can feel good about. But sustainability goes beyond just the food you purchase and the lights you choose. Water costs are rising at an average of 6.1% and energy costs are rising at the price of inflation, creating the need to find ways to reduce the consumption of energy and resources in your operation. Yet, many operators hesitate to purchase equipment that is energy conscious, due to upfront costs, even though purchasing energy efficient equipment is one of the top ways to reduce energy and water consumption and lower utility bills.
In 2014, 60% of operators say they are planning to purchase new/replacement equipment for their kitchen, according to a recent Food Equipment & Supplies survey. When choosing equipment many operators are still not factoring in the lifetime energy costs of the equipment they are purchasing, looking only at the price they will pay today, not at the savings they gain over the life of the equipment. They also do not factor in the cost to maintain that equipment during its lifecycle in their operation. So are you trading cost savings today at the expense of the environment you are saving with a sole focus on the food you are serving?
Here are some things to consider, beyond initial price, when choosing your new/replacement equipment.
Do your research
Your equipment partner's commitment to sustainability and energy conservation should be overarching. At Manitowoc Foodservice we not only manufacture energy efficient and resource-conserving equipment, across our entire portfolio of brands, we strive for energy and resource conservation in our daily operations. We have committed to reducing our overall carbon footprint, while being mindful of how to produce innovative products that our partners need today and in the future.
Calculating the overall cost savings for the life of the equipment can help you make a decision on what equipment will produce the biggest impact on your bottom line. The Manitowoc Foodservice Sustainability website is a great resource to find energy efficient equipment and has tools to amortize your cost savings over the life of the equipment. Many states also offer rebates for operators who purchase energy efficient equipment to help offset the initial capital expenditure. You can find rebates/incentives in your state at the ENERGY STAR® website.
Choose the equipment that is not only right for your operation today, but also look at your future operational growth. Looking to the future may seem a bit daunting but it will ensure that your choice of equipment allows you to take advantage of trends and the ever-changing customer needs. Things to consider include speed of service, daily/weekly/monthly or seasonal menu changes, multifunctional equipment, and operational growth and expansion. Our goal is provide energy and resource efficient equipment that is technologically advanced and that will decrease labor needs, increase food quality and allowing for menu expansion as your operation grows.
Beyond the initial purchase
Buying energy efficient equipment today can put dollars to your bottom line tomorrow ensuring that the equipment you purchase runs at peak performance and keeps pace with the increasing costs of energy and other resources. Your equipment partner should have a service network that is properly trained and certified to service your equipment along with a planned maintenance program that enables to reap the rewards of your energy efficient equipment investment. Find out more about Service and Planned Maintenance programs on our website http://www.manitowocfsusa.com/minisite/starservice
Creating an operation that is sustainable, and energy and resource efficient is a commitment that we understand as your equipment partner. You can find more about our commitment and a listing of all of our energy and resource efficient equipment on our Sustainability website