This month, we’ve celebrated Plastic Free July, a month where people are being encouraged to use less plastic or to even live a plastic-free life. As the month is drawing to a close, we wanted to share a few ways you can make changes in your day-to-day lives and to do your part to reduce the amount of plastic being discarded.
Firstly though, let’s discuss just how plastic is having a negative impact on our planet. According to The Wildlife Trust, “Plastic is choking our seas and natural world. It poses a huge threat to wildlife because it doesn’t just disappear; it simply breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces.” Not only does it harm our wildlife, but it also clogs up street drains, and as most plastic can’t be recycled, it’ll stay around forever.
Here are some ways we can all make a difference to the amount of plastic we use in our daily routines:
It’s tempting and perhaps more convenient to just grab a plastic carrier bag when you go through checkout, but opting for reusable bags that you can take with you each time you shop can significantly reduce the amount of plastic bags being used and thrown away.
Many supermarkets and shops that sell products such as toiletries or cleaning products have a range of refill options available, so you can reuse and refill your plastic bottles. There are also package-free stores opening up across the globe such as this Asda store in Leeds, which we love!
Refillable water bottles and reusable cups, for example, are a great way to reduce the amount of single-use plastic. The Welsh Government alone has stated that there are 33 million units of disposable cups and stirrers sold per year in Wales. Switching to reusable options can significantly reduce this number, especially if implemented worldwide.
Cling film is bad for the environment and is clogging up our oceans along with every other piece of single use plastic. However, there are some brilliant eco-friendly alternatives, made from things such as beeswax and tree resin. You can even use your reusable tupperware boxes or silicone reusable lids!
Usually, kitchen sponges are made from plastic, but there are plenty of alternative options using more sustainable materials. Green and yellow plastic sponges in particular are made from synthetic fibres that not only pollute waterways, but they aren’t biodegradable either.
Even though pre-packaged fruit and vegetables can be the convenient option, it also creates unnecessary waste and, in many cases, a lot of plastic. To reduce this, simply opt for loose fruit and veg or use paper bags that are available from many supermarkets today.
There are so many ways we can do our part to reduce plastic and to help the planet. Our solutions are also created with sustainability in mind, and we have three powerful solutions for energy and grease management. For more information about any of our products or for details about how we can help you, get in touch with the team by calling 0118 973 9310.
Our amazing NHS has already committed itself to reaching net zero carbon in the coming years. As the largest employer in Britain, the NHS is responsible for around 4% of the nation’s carbon emissions, meaning it has to be a major contributor in achieving our climate goals.
In order to tackle climate change, the NHS aims to be the world’s first net zero national health service and have already set two solid target to achieve over the next few years:
These targets are achievable for the NHS, but what comes next? How are the NHS working towards these goals for a more sustainable future, and how can other industries follow suit?
The NHS are already making positive changes to the way they carry out their day to day processes. Here are just a few of their aims that will aid their net zero goals:
The NHS will be supporting the construction of 40 new ‘net zero hospitals’ as part of the government’s Health Infrastructure Plan with a new Net Zero Carbon Hospital Standard.
The development of a new framework is in motion to evaluate carbon reduction associated with new models of care being considered and implemented as part of the NHS Long Term Plan.
They plan to work with suppliers to ensure that they all meet or exceed their net zero emissions commitment before the end of the decade.
The NHS plan on completing a £50 million LED lighting replacement programme across the entire NHS, improving patient comfort and saving over £3 billion over the next three decades.
Plans are in motion for the world’s first zero-emission ambulance and aiming towards zero-emission vehicles by 2032 for their other vehicles.
It’s an exciting time for the NHS and we’ll be following their journey to net zero as it progresses! More information about how the NHS is tackling carbon emissions and becoming a net zero health service can be found here.
For years, we’ve done our part to help commercial kitchens in a variety of sectors to become energy efficient and more aware of their carbon footprint. We created three solutions to not only tackle energy saving and make kitchens more sustainable in their daily processes, but to help them save money and create safer, more efficient working environments.
Kitchens in the healthcare and medical sectors are busy environments, catering for the many individual requirements of patients and staff. To keep up with demand, kitchens will need to run at full capacity. Without the right procedures in place, your equipment may be running at a higher rate than is needed, wasting energy and money where it could otherwise be saved.
With the following solutions, we can help you well on your way to an efficient kitchen, helping you to follow in the footsteps of the NHS for a net zero future:
The NHS are well on their way to reaching their net zero carbon goals by 2050 – are you? If you’d like to find out about our energy saving solutions and how much you could save, feel free to get in touch with the Quintex team today on 0118 973 9310 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
According to Carbon Trust, the UK’s healthcare sector spends more than £400 million per year on energy. As well as the amount of money spent in this area, it’s also shocking to learn that a lot of this energy is wasted. There are 21,723 care homes within the UK – that’s 21,723 facilities needing help in their energy saving efforts to really make a difference, not only to the amount of money spent, but to the planet too.
The older generation and those who are more vulnerable need our help more than ever. The staff who care for this section of our population work around the clock to run a range of facilities to ensure that residents get exactly what they need when they need it. However, all that care takes up a lot of energy, with many care homes being open and functioning 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
There will always be a high demand for care homes, so it’s vital we work to make these facilities as efficient as possible. By making care homes as energy efficient as we can today, they can make more long-term savings by reducing the amount of energy that is being used.
We’re striving to make as many care homes as energy efficient as we can by the end of 2021 (and beyond!) We can help with our energy saving solutions to cut the costs and work alongside care home staff to see exactly where they can be saving money in their kitchen.
With many residents to look after, staff will be constantly using their kitchens to prepare meals throughout the day. In order to keep up with this, care home kitchens will need a ventilation system that can not only match the demands of the kitchen, but also work hard to save money and energy too where it needs it.
Our Cheetah system can be installed into new or existing care home kitchens, getting to work instantly. Its clever remote dial in access means our technicians can monitor fan speeds, temperature and air flow, ensuring kitchens work to the best of their ability using minimal energy.
The benefits of using a demand controlled system such as Cheetah don’t stop there; Cheetah helps to create a safe and comfortable working environment for busy staff by reducing noise pollution as well as managing carbon dioxide levels. The system also uses clever technology to detect when preventative maintenance is needed and when there is a possible fire risk.
Our team has worked hard to create a system that every commercial kitchen can benefit from. Care homes have never been more important to many of us in the UK, so we want to do our part to keep them running and keep them efficient!
Cheetah’s simplicity and intelligence continues to revolutionise how we save energy in a range of settings, with care homes being just one of many sectors we work with. If you’re ready to take the leap and work with a team of like-minded individuals committed to saving energy and taking care of our planet, then Quintex are the team for you!
Give us a call today on 0118 973 9310 or email us at email@example.com and we’d be happy to talk you through the next steps.
Being an energy efficient school may sound like a lot of hard work. If you’re new to the energy saving sphere, making the right changes can seem like a daunting process, one that takes time, money and effort in order to see any result. However, when looking at the facts, this couldn’t be further from the truth. We’re here to help you well on your way to meeting your energy saving goals!
To get you in the right mindset, we discuss some of the misconceptions school staff may have about energy saving. As well as this, we’ll get you thinking about some positive changes you can make to your own school to be more energy efficient and save money in the process.
This first point is far from the truth! Even the smallest of actions can make a big difference, such as turning off lights and equipment when not in use. However, when you aim to save money on a much grander scale, the results can be astonishing.
Take our work for Warwick University for example, one of Britain’s leading universities. From an environmental perspective, it has policies and procedures in place to promote best practice in the area of environmental sustainability. The University has installed Cheetah Energy Controls into three kitchens across the campus, giving a total saving per annum of over £21,000 and a 65% energy reduction!
Find out more about our work with the University here: https://bit.ly/3oBrQmr
Not necessarily. Unless a school is built with environmental sustainability in mind, they’re often not going to be kitted out with the technologies needed to make a significant difference to their carbon footprint. Well-designed schools will more than likely hold some energy efficient equipment and follow better processes, but without taking the right actions, energy and money savings will probably not be that great.
With Quintex, we can install our advanced energy saving solutions into both new builds and existing school kitchens, bringing us nicely onto our next point…
If your school is an older building, that doesn’t mean you can’t create an energy efficient space. Some jobs will take time and work, but by taking the right steps in your school kitchen for example, you’ll be surprised at just how effective it can be.
With our Cheetah solution, we can help you save energy by controlling the extract and air supply fans in line with demand in your school kitchen. Energy savings of up to 80% are typically achieved, whether you have a brand new kitchen or an existing one. Our process is simple.
It isn’t necessary, but wouldn’t you want to know how much you’re saving from your energy saving efforts and to make sure those efforts are working? Here at Quintex, we can track and monitor energy usage in your school’s kitchen. The data is downloaded remotely and presented to you when you need it or in a report. This verifies the savings from Cheetah and identifies where further optimisation could enhance performance.
With Quintex, you’re in the best hands – with our energy saving solutions, we can advise on how to save money in your school kitchen as well as keep you updated regularly with your kitchen’s performance. We’re easy to deal with and we’ll keep you involved each step of the way.
Here at Quintex, we provide innovative solutions designed to enable energy users to meet their environmental targets, improve profitability and add value. We provide energy saving systems, energy surveys and audits, monitoring and measurement capabilities for educational institutions across the UK.
For more information and advice on how we can help your school kitchen, give the team a call today on 0118 973 9310 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Quintex Systems, a market leader in energy management technology, has joined the
Energy and Environment Alliance (EEA). The aim is to help accommodation businesses save energy and reduce carbon emissions in commercial kitchens. This is critical now more than ever as the damaging impacts of climate change on biodiversity, wellbeing and long-term prosperity are increasingly apparent.
When the hospitality industry reopens its doors post COVID-19, new challenges will be faced. Ensuring new procedures are followed to guarantee guests’ safety will create extra responsibility and the imperative focus on sustainability may be delayed by some businesses who are struggling to survive financially. It is also likely that some managers may not wish to burden staff with extra tasks on top of those that will be encountered due to new legislation. Consequently, behaviour changes that would improve environmental performance may be unlikely straight away.
This is where Quintex patented DCKV system will help businesses; Cheetah, is the first technological solution made widely available to EEA members. It is an installation of a network of smart sensors into kitchen canopies/hoods. This technology ensures cooking activity is continuously monitored and the speed of both the extract and air supply is controlled to meet the required conditions. With this system, significant energy cost savings can offer payback on the initial investment in under two years.
One brand that has adopted the use of Quintex patented system is EEA member Radisson Edwardian. The value for its Heathrow property was recognised due to the size and function of the hotel. Offering 464 rooms each night, 42 conference rooms (fitting up to 1000 guests) and 3 dining outlets, the kitchens during their peak operating times are busy, hot and loud. This is contrasted on quieter days which came with heavily reduced activity. Many changes have been made across its portfolio, including a drive to create and develop a strong sustainability policy. This is critical, as sustainability is needed to attract and retain business clients. The vision of a strong sustainability policy is enhanced through the use of the Cheetah system and it is accepted as a win-win investment.
The predicted savings for hospitality businesses are shown:
The approximate total equivalent of energy saved is that of the total of 10 medium sized houses annually.
Ufi Ibrahim, CEO of EEA said, “Commercial kitchens can be highly pressurised environments with all hands-on deck focused on customer service. On Earth Day, we at the EEA are delighted to announce the partnership with Quintex to bring innovative automation that will reduce energy usage, cut carbon emissions and save cost, without adding any additional burden on the teams servicing commercial kitchens. The EEA strives to identify the behaviour and technology changes needed to decarbonise the hospitality industry. Such technology is critical and should be adopted where possible and relevant.”
Emma Brooks, Managing Director Quintex said, “We are delighted to be part of the EEA and look forward to supporting the EEA Technical Forum. Through the forum we aim to gather market intelligence, to identify trends that allow us to expand on the innovation in the technological and commercial solutions we create. This partnership will not only be great for us, but the industry as a whole as we all push forward to reach our 2050 goals”.
Lawrence Barnes, Group Corporate Responsibility Manager at Edwardian Hotels London, said: “Energy saving technologies from companies like Quintex are the route to the future. They create greater efficiencies and a deeper understanding of inhouse energy intensity. They will also enhance our environmental performance and help raise the brand’s image.”
We’re always up for celebrating those days that strive to make a difference to the world, which is why today we’re celebrating Earth Day! With the first Earth Day celebration taking place in 1970, it’s grown to be such a successful event, now with over 75,000+ partners working to drive positive action in over 192 countries.
Last month, we took part in Earth Hour, where we switched off our lights for an hour in the evening to show support for our planet. Both Earth Hour and Earth Day puts nature at the centre of international conversations, showing decision makers across the globe that nature matters and urgent action must be taken to reverse nature loss.
The mission is to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide.
As always, we’ll be raising awareness and starting those crucial discussions about how we can play a part in caring for our planet. However, we don’t just celebrate the planet on Earth Day – we celebrate every day where we help many kitchens incorporate energy saving solutions into their daily processes.
By helping kitchens to save energy, we’re helping to prevent those harmful waste products from entering the atmosphere, creating efficient kitchens that save money and help the planet in the process.
Change starts with action. There are a number of ways you can do your part to contribute to the discussion and to raise awareness of Earth Day.
We’ve been doing our part for the planet since the start of Quintex, with many kitchens across a range of industries taking advantage of our energy saving and efficient solutions. Cheetah, Biofix and Ecofix each have their own ways of being efficient:
If you’d like to find out more about our energy saving solutions, get in touch with the Quintex team today by calling 0118 973 9310 or emailing us at email@example.com.
Many schools today, whether they be private or mainstream, are taking much more responsibility for their energy efficiency. Many are proactive in searching for new ways to do their bit for the environment and to lower costs, and this way of working has had an influential effect on many other schools across the country.
Children in schools are among the many that are being educated more about the impact of climate change and are expanding the way these issues are addressed in the classroom, covering topics such as global warming and air pollution. As well as this, staff are also actively searching for new ways to do their bit and take those first steps to becoming a more energy efficient school.
That’s where Quintex comes in.
Here at Quintex, we’ve carefully developed our solutions with schools, caterers, retailers and the hospitality industry in mind to not only provide exceptional new energy saving technologies, but to also ensure these solutions deliver when it comes to saving energy.
The energy used in school and university catering facilities amounts to around 10 percent of their overall energy costs. By taking the necessary steps to enhance equipment and to invest in new technologies, the energy savings could soar to up to 50%. Quintex have developed a solution to not only work towards these savings, but one that can help private schools to monitor their energy usage in their kitchens and provide a comfortable and safe environment for school catering staff.
Our Cheetah solution works to save energy by controlling the extract and air supply fans in the kitchen. Cheetah’s energy monitoring unit can meter energy usage, showing private schools exactly how much they’re using in their catering environment, and taking the relevant steps to reduce energy consumption when needed. We can monitor key system KPI’s such as fan speeds, temperature and air flows remotely for even more convenience.
As well as energy efficiency, Cheetah also works to reduce noise pollution and provides better working temperatures for school staff. The temperature in the extract ducts is also measured continuously. If high temperatures are detected, action is taken to alert the operators of a possible fire condition. Safety is one of our main priorities.
Presbyterian Ladies’ College (PLC), Melbourne is a private school which has successfully taken the steps to become 100% renewable and energy efficient. As well as educating their students about sustainability, principals of the school have also done their part to ensure the facilities in which their students are being educated are environmentally friendly and promote sustainability to the next generation.
Within the last year, the school has gone even further, now sourcing 130% of its electricity needs from renewable energy. You can read more about their impressive achievement in this article.
We’ve already helped so many schools take the first step towards an energy efficient future, and we’d love to take this journey with you too. If you’re a school looking for new and exciting ways to do your part for the environment and to save money in the process, speak to Quintex today about our energy saving solutions.
Call us on 0118 973 9310 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to speak to a member of our friendly team.
As April is upon us, we wanted to take a brief pause to reflect on what has been an unexpectedly full-on start to 2021! From both staff and company announcements to continuing with those exciting virtual events, we’re so pleased we can continue doing what we do best to help those in the industry.
With some promising signs of normality coming very soon, we’re even more excited about what the rest of the year will look like for Quintex. Here’s just a snippet of what we’ve been up to in the first few months of the year:
The UK government’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy revamped and improved their website, making it easier for users to search for independently verified product and purchasing data. With news of this revamp, we were delighted to have once again qualified as an approved technology on the Government’s approved Energy Technology list, meaning people can rest assured when investing in sustainability!
We were delighted to announce our membership with the FCSI in February! Quintex sees the value in being part of FCSI as it strengthens the link and unites professionals working within the foodservice industry. The core of FCSI is to promote professionalism in foodservice and hospitality consulting, and we are thrilled to join them, and the other 1000+ members across the world.
This year’s ENSE Spring Conference took place between the 23-25th of March. The team spent time in front of the computer screen once again as we strengthened relationships virtually, discussed all things Quintex and heard the latest news from the industry. It was great to see some familiar faces on screen!
We celebrated World Energy Efficiency Day and raised awareness of the rational use of energy. Energy efficiency does in no way mean that we need to compromise on how we run our kitchens and businesses. Instead, it encourages us to rethink how much energy we use and how we use it, working towards new ways of optimising this usage to save money and the planet. (You can read more in our blog post!)
Last week, we also celebrated World Water Day, a day about what water means to people and how we can better protect this vital resource! It was the perfect time to talk about our Biofix solution, which helps to eliminate FOGs and food particles, and creates safer, cleaner water in our drains.
The 5th of March marks World Energy Efficiency Day! It takes place every year on this day in order to raise awareness of the rational use of energy. Here at Quintex, we’re big believers in energy saving solutions and ideas, which is why we want to do our part to raise awareness in changing the way we all use energy for the better.
Energy efficiency does in no way mean that we need to compromise on how we run our kitchens and businesses. Instead, it encourages us to rethink how much energy we use and how we use it, working towards new ways of optimising this usage to save money and the planet.
We all know the basics for saving energy in our homes, e.g turning off lights and electric devices when not in use, but what about in restaurant, pub, hotel, supermarket and department store settings? How can we become more cautious in the energy we use in kitchens and how can we change the way we use energy for the better?
Anyone who runs a commercial kitchen will be fully aware of the need for a good extraction system. It’s a requirement for all kitchens – you can’t not have one! You need to always make sure it’s working as efficiently for you and your kitchen as possible
We’ve perfected our solutions to bring businesses something fresh to help you manage your energy. Cheetah, our demand controlled kitchen extraction system, is the perfect solution to help save more energy in commercial kitchens. It works by controlling ventilation fan speeds and matching them with cooking demands, optimising energy use to the fullest.
Through using Cheetah, fan speeds are typically reduced to 40% of their normal operating speed when activity levels in the kitchen are low. At this speed, the energy consumption is only 6% of that with the fans running at 100% of their operating capacity. Significant further energy is saved by the resulting fall in demand for conditioned air supply.
Datalogging and energy saving reports from Cheetah is downloaded remotely. This can verify the savings from Cheetah and identifies where further optimisation could enhance performance.
How are you playing a part in supporting World Energy Efficiency Day?
If you’re keen to help the environment and become more energy efficient in your commercial kitchen, speak to the Quintex team. We want to help as many kitchens reach their sustainability goals before 2050! Call us on 0118 973 9310 or email us: email@example.com.
It’s about time we all made some positive changes to the way we run our kitchens. At the peak of the pandemic, energy consumption and carbon emissions were at an all time low due to lockdown restrictions, and the effect on the environment showed us exactly what’s achievable if we all made a conscious effort to save energy and place more focus on carbon reduction.
In the past, we’ve helped many restaurants and pubs save money and energy. Roast Restaurant, for example, has achieved an 18 month pay back on their energy saving investment by converting to Cheetah. Roast will be saving approximately 73,631kWh and 32 tonnes of carbon per year, which equates to a saving of £7,290 and a 70% reduction in their ventilation energy consumption, overall giving the operator an impressive payback of under 1.7 years.
Imagine what you could do with over £7K in savings?!
If you’ve not yet made some goals to aim towards in 2021, now is the time to start – we’ve given you a good starting point right here! Better still, these goals are achievable and here at Quintex, we can help you reach them with our solutions.
It’s 2021 – advancements in technology have taken a huge leap in recent years and we’re better equipped than we’ve ever been to get our kitchens up to scratch and energy efficient. Here at Quintex, we’ve created exceptional solutions to not only look after your kitchen and the environment to the fullest, but to potentially save you thousands in energy costs.
Better technologies such as the Cheetah cleverly work to save energy where it would otherwise be wasted. Cheetah works with your kitchen in mind and controls ventilation fan speeds in line with the demands of your kitchen. Speak to a member of the Quintex team for more information and advice.
Many kitchens aren’t running at the moment and for those with older pieces of catering equipment, reopening without fully functioning equipment could potentially be a nightmare. Before reopening, it’s a good idea to ensure all your equipment is running the best it can be and that service and maintenance has been carried out, otherwise, new equipment could be your best bet. More modern equipment will also be most environmentally friendly too!
It’s worth nothing that cheaper equipment doesn’t mean better equipment. Always make sure you look at running costs when purchasing equipment as some may be cheaper in the short term, but cost more in the long run due to much higher running costs.
This is something that many don’t think about, but how much it costs to keep equipment running each day should be a big deciding factor when it comes to energy saving equipment. Leading on from our previous point, it’s a good idea to consider purchasing new equipment if yours is over 15 years old to help lower running costs over time, and in turn, the amount of wasted energy you produce.
Without the right management, both ventilation extraction and drains in your commercial kitchen can pose a number of problems. Grease build up in ventilation systems can create fire hazards and the buildup of FOGs in drains can cause blockages, unpleasant smells and costly repair. Manual pump outs for drains can be reduced with an effective grease management system.
Our Ecofix and Biofix solutions were created with these issues in mind and cleverly work to tackle grease and FOG build up over time. These solutions help kitchens save energy over time by reducing how hard appliances need to work to get their jobs done. Get in touch with us to find out more about these solutions and how they can help your kitchen.
All these steps combined will help you take that big first step towards your 2050 Net Carbon Goals. These goals need to be put into place to reduce the demand for energy across the country, create a lower demand for carbon-based activities and reduce climate risks.
Saving energy is so important now more than ever, especially as many of us are working towards our Net Carbon Goals for 2050. We’ve installed our systems in over 8,000 sites and counting, saving thousands of pounds in energy costs and reducing the amount of energy kitchens use.
If you’d like to help us keep that number growing, we’d love to speak with you about how you can save energy in your commercial kitchen and just how Quintex solutions can help you get there. Give us a call on 0118 973 9310 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’d be happy to help.