Save energy in 10 steps.

Saving energy is good for the environment. And better for your wallet. So it’s a good thing. But where do you start? Here are 10 tips to help you get started.

1. Identify your biggest energy consumers.

In the hospitality industry, nearly 80 percent* of annual energy expenses can be attributed to energy-inefficient food preparation and storage. Which means: Food production needs to be more efficient.

2. Don't just look at connected loads.

When purchasing new kitchen equipment, it's important to consider parameters like preheating times and cooking performance as well. Because sometimes energy consumption isn't as cut-and-dried as you might think.

3. Use intelligently regulated cooking systems—and even more importantly, network-compatible ones.

They keep the cooking cabinet temperature precisely regulated, which avoids excessively high temperatures, and they allow you to collect, analyze, and optimize your consumption data.

4. Wait to switch on cooking systems until just before you're ready to use them.

Modern combi-steamers and multifunctional cooking appliances usually preheat very quickly, which saves more energy than you might think.

5. Don't wait—load now.

Immediately after preheating finishes* is the best time to load food. Modern cooking systems have such quick preheating times that there's no need to waste energy by leaving them idle.

6. Avoid opening the cooking cabinet door unnecessarily or for too long. *

This will keep additional energy use to a minimum. Remember: A combi-steamer is most beautiful when the door is closed.

7. Take advantage of combi-steamers' modern production processes.

Cooking several dishes at once in a single combi-steamer means using fewer appliances, which saves energy accordingly.

8. Make a production plan.

It will help you avoid expensive peak energy loads,* reducing electricity costs in no time.

9. Have your combi-steamer serviced regularly.

Professional care not only maintains performance and safety, but also keeps the cooking system as energy-efficient as possible.

10. Check the door gasket regularly.

That way, you can be sure that no heat is escaping through porous material. You'll notice the difference on your energy bill immediately.

The #1 pro tip: ConnectedCooking.

Measuring and monitoring your energy consumption with ConnectedCooking digital kitchen management will help you identify areas of savings potential in no time.

*iCombi Pro and SelfCookingCenter users can access ConnectedCooking , RATIONAL's digital kitchen management system, to view energy consumption calculations and identify potential energy savings free of charge.

Experience energy savings live.