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Ethical Eats

10 February 2012

We are currently partnered with Sustain to produce information leaflets for restaurants on best practice for lighting, heating and ventilation in the kitchen.

Sustain: The alliance for better food and farming, advocates food and agriculture policies and practices that enhance the health and welfare of people and animals, improve the working and living environment, enrich society and culture and promote equity.  

Kitchen Ventilation Energy Efficiency

The kitchen ventilation system is a large energy user representing between 10% & 15% of total energy consumption. They are notoriously wasteful of heat with approximately 65% of the energy consumed during the cooking process being turned in convected heat and extracted.

Download the full information leaflet here, to read our recommendations for a more energy efficient ventilation system.  

Changing light bulbs

Typically lighting accounts for approximately 11% of energy use in restaurants.

Old, inefficient incandescent GLS light bulbs have started to disappear from the shops and will be phased out completely over the next few years. Halogen spotlights will also be required to meet new energy efficiency standards by 2016, which will involve the phasing out of some types of halogen lamps.

To download our recommendations for energy efficient lighting in your restaurant click here.  

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