Going Green – Energy Efficient Refrigeration

Become a ‘refrigeration’ eco-warrior with a few simple tips.

While Canberra squabbles over a Carbon Tax and an eventual Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), the one thing we can be sure of is that the more energy we use, the more we will pay! Our hip pocket will bear the brunt of forcing the polluters and emitters into taking responsibility for their emissions and our complacency.

When it comes to the environment, we are constantly told that every little bit counts. But it’s often hard to see what impact an individual recycling an empty soft drink can or turning down the thermostat a few degrees in winter really has in the long run.

What we do know is that the carbon tax will no doubt add to the already steadily increasing energy prices. So, to help keep your expenses reasonable and to do something beneficial for the environment, there’s no doubt in our mind we should all try to save energy now.

Refrigeration systems are a critical element of any business or campaign needing to preserve perishable items or cool non-perishable items. The way in which you operate your equipment can play a major part on saving on your energy bill & keeping your food & beverages chilled whether its on a product sampling campaign or event to your home appliances, you want your product served at the right temperature cost effectively.

Energy efficiency makes sense, right? Here are some easy tips to reduce the amount of cooling required.

  • Load the product when cool.
  • Set the thermostat to avoid over cooling merchandise.
  • Turn lighting off when not needed.
  • Turn anti-sweat heaters off when not required.
  • Defrost frozen goods in the refrigerator.

Lend a helping hand to the evaporator.

  • Allow enough air circulation.
  • Keep from defrosting.

Take care of the condenser – like a good friend.

  • Keep the condenser clean and free of dust.
  • Locate in cool surroundings.
  • Avoid direct sunlight.
  • Ensure sufficient ventilation.

Think smart by loading your products efficiently.

A significant amount of energy can be used in cooling products down from the ambient temperature to the refrigerated temperature, especially high turnover products. Storing goods in a cool area before loading will reduce the time needed to cool and therefore reduce energy consumption.

  • Avoid storing product in hot areas such as in direct sun on a loading bay.
  • Transfer pre-cooled products as quickly as possible from one refrigerated environment to another.

As any good friend, basic maintenance is also required.

Paying attention to basic maintenance can reduce energy use:

  • Regularly check and maintain door seals.
  • Defrost freezers when ice build-up reaches 5mm thick.
  • Keep condenser coils clean.
  • Check that equipment is running smoothly and quietly.
  • Check that the compressor is cycling on and off regularly.
  • Avoid leaving doors open when entering and leaving cool rooms. Self closing doors are useful, but may not be suitable for all applications.  Plastic strip curtains or swinging doors are good options for frequently accessed cool rooms. Automatic doors and those operated by remote control may also be suitable.
  • Avoid frequently entering cool rooms for small quantities of product. Consider keeping high-turnover products in a separate smaller refrigerator.
  • Utilise cool room space effectively. If you have more than one room investigate the potential for reducing their use by consolidating product.
  • Turn lighting off when not required. Automatic timers and occupancy sensors may be helpful.

Reducing your impact on the environment is a game of a thousand small decisions. One small decision perhaps is to invest in Green Energy – Government Accredited Green Power, which is a simple choice any business can do to reduce your impact on our environment.

Now you are well on your way to becoming an astute eco-warrior – without having to completely go off the GRID!

 

 

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