The pandemic has altered the way schools are run drastically, with many still carrying out teaching and learning remotely. Even though many schools haven’t been offering school dinners in the usual way, some have stayed open to help communities with meal distribution, keeping equipment ticking over and providing a vital service in times of need.
Many schools are looking to become as efficient as possible, by evaluating areas they can save money. As every school kitchen requires a ventilation system, it only makes sense to make them as efficient as possible. In this time where learning is being done at home for many, we believe schools should be preparing for their students to return, but making a conscious effort to think about the long term.
You’ve probably heard us talk a lot about our 2050 Net Carbon Goals, and exactly how reaching them will impact the environment. Cheetah has already been helping schools across the UK achieve their sustainability goals and we want to help as many schools as we can to reach them before 2050!
The energy used for catering facilities amounts to around 10 percent of a school’s energy costs. (Source: Education Business UK). By enhancing the energy efficiency of school catering equipment, this can be instrumental to your energy saving efforts, reducing your carbon footprint and saving money where it matters most.
A large secondary school, for example, will use their catering facilities for a minimum of 10 hours of cooking per week, but kitchen equipment could be on from start to finish each day. This means hours of wasted energy when no cooking is happening, and the unnecessary spending of money. Without the right equipment, this means hours of inefficiency – but there is a solution.
Relieving some financial pressure could be a lifesaver for many schools, and our Cheetah system does exactly that, as well as saving the energy you’re actually wasting. No matter how old or new your kitchen is, Cheetah is a Demand Control Kitchen Ventilation (DCKV) system which can control ventilation fan speeds to match the cooking demands of your school kitchen, optimising energy use and getting you well on your way to reaching those Net Carbon Goals.
With Cheetah operating in normal mode, the system’s sensors control the fans. The fans are set to a minimum speed by default but demand based extraction automatically increases in the event of smoke, high temperatures in ducts, low air flow in ducts and high levels of carbon dioxide in the kitchen.
This ensures your school kitchen runs as safely and efficiently as it needs to, and we’ve already saved the education sector thousands of kW in energy!
Read our case study on how we helped Warwick University Reduced save 122 tonnes carbon and £21k per annum.
Our Cheetah system can help your school exceed your net carbon goals with remote monitoring and up to 80% energy savings. If we can play a part in reducing your carbon footprint and saving money on those growing energy bills, get in touch with the Quintex team today: