"In a typical foodservice facility, food preparation, refrigeration, and water heating combined represent nearly 60 percent of total energy use, making those systems excellent targets for energy savings."
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"After labor and food, energy is the largest controllable cost in a restaurant’s operation. And energy is a great place to start in becoming a green restaurant because you’ll be bringing dollars right to the bottom line as you reduce energy use. What’s most important here is to think of energy as a controllable rather than a fixed cost."
"Electricity consumption data were collected from distribution board current transformers in a sample of fourteen UK public house-restaurants. This was set up to identify patterns of appliance use as well as to assess the total energy consumption of these establishments."
Though ventilation may not seem that interesting a topic on the surface, this is precisely the area of the kitchen that has seen the most technological advancements in terms of energy efficiency and design.
"It is useful to know what an ideal HVAC system would look like. Although compromises sometimes have to be made, they should be made with the knowledge of how and why they are imperfect. This article defines the characteristics of a perfect HVAC system for both single-zone single-family residential and multi-zone residential, commercial and institutional applications."
Heating with cold air? Cooling off with hot air? Heat pumps performing these feats (especially mini-splits and VRF systems) have taken off, but how do they work?
Whether you choose a refrigerant-based or a desiccant-based system, dehumidifiers use energy and produce waste heat.
Don't get fooled into buying a more expensive and complex system if what you really need is a dehumidifier.
"Geothermal heat pump systems are an increasingly attractive option for commercial buildings. Based on over 50 years of operating experience, it is safe to say that earlier concerns over long-term reliability, operation, and maintenance costs were, to a large extent, unfounded."
"Geothermal heat pumps, also referred to as ground source heat pumps or geo-exchange, refer to systems that use the ground, groundwater, or surface water as a heat source or sink."