A Green Checklist for your Restaurant

Synergy Green

This is an ongoing series to help our clients reap the benefits of going green. Yes, when done correctly, setting a balanced environmental mentality can actually save you money. Yes, one can go overboard on such things and it becomes counterproductive. However, the right mix of ecology can profit a restaurant business handsomely.

No, we don’t expect any restaurant business to make radical changes overnight. But if you post just a few items and build a new habit with your employees, savings start showing.

Turn off lights and appliances when not in use. Don’t forget about:

  • Coffee pot warmers
  • Conveyor toasters
  • Heat lamps
  • Steam tables
  • Plate and food warmers
  • Exhaust hoods
  • Dish machines
  • Televisions
  • Point-of-sale systems
  • Fountains and other water-using devices
  • Use less water.
  • Serve water only on request.
  • Run dishwashers and washing machines only when full.
  • When cleaning, remove debris with a broom from sidewalks, outdoor seating areas, loading docks and waste areas.
  • Water outdoor plants at dawn or dusk to minimize evaporation.
  • Develop a maintenance schedule.
  • Clean refrigerator condenser coils.
  • Make sure doors close all the way. Seal the refrigerated space.
  • Repair/replace damaged door gaskets on refrigerators and cooking and holding appliances. Replace missing knobs.
  • Look for and repair broken duct work.
  • Engage employees in conservation efforts.
  • Conduct an “energy tour” to show employees where your restaurant uses energy and water and how they can help control it.
  • Label light switches and equipment with reminders.
  • Recognize and reward employees with incentives to reinforce your efforts.

To Your Success…
Dean Small and Danny Bendas

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