A small business refrigerator

Easy tips to save on refrigeration  

Refrigeration can make up a big portion of energy costs for small businesses. Luckily, saving is easier than you might think.

In restaurants, small grocery shops and convenience stores, refrigeration can consume as much as 58 per cent of total electricity. 

 

The good news is that with some simple steps, you can help your fridge and freezer run more efficiently. Efficient refrigerators and freezers keep food, drinks and flowers fresher for longer. Plus, you can better maintain the lifespan of your equipment and save on monthly electricity costs. 

 

Here's how to get started. 

Small business refrigeration
  1. Ensure fridges are at least 60 per cent full and freezers at least 75 per cent full. 
  2. Replace fridge insulation that is damaged by moisture. 
  3. Inspect fridge and freezer coils often and keep them clean from dust. 
  4. Set freezer temperature between -25°C and -22°C and refrigerators between 1.5°C and 3.5°C. 
  5. Allow at least 80 mm between fridge condenser coils and the wall, and keep them away from direct sunlight or heat. 
  6. Keep fridge and freezer doors closed as much as possible to keep cool air in. 
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Did you know?

Electronically commutated motors can reduce the energy consumption of fridge evaporators and condenser fans by two-thirds. Adding strip curtains and automatic door closers to walk-in fridges can reduce warm air infiltration by 75 per cent, making your whole refrigerator more efficient.

Remember to check out the the Save on Energy Business Refrigeration Incentive program. It's designed to help small business owners save on upgrades to more energy-efficient refrigeration equipment. 

Learn more about the Save on Energy Business Refrigeration Incentive program.