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In a stew with your energy costs?

10 March 2011

Wadham College Oxford (Pic: Catershop)

EXCLUSIVE OFFER FOR FM REPORT and PFM READERS. FM4Kitchens will help you to see how much energy is used – or wasted in your catering facilities? One lucky reader will receive a full kitchen monitoring service ABSOLUTELY FREE

Two others will be offered free labour, installation and training on the full FM4Kitchens package (worth about £6000) at approximately half the cost price Every reader can save 20 percent on the cost of tracking and monitoring energy and water usage in their catering kitchen

PFM magazine will report on progress with the successful readers in future issues to assess the monitoring systems and see how much energy and water our readers have saved.

Caterers use approximately two and a half times more energy per square meter of floor area than the average commercial building. The busier your kitchen, the greater are the potential savings. Monitoring identifies patterns of consumption, highlighting potential waste and creating benchmarks to measure future savings. It also strengthens your understanding of how your building operates, potentially reduces catering costs and improves your negotiating power with the caterers.

FM4Kitchen’s kitchen monitoring system is a brand new innovation for the FM industry. Developed from tried and tested software and components, it identifies energy and water consumption by the kitchen. For most FMs this will be almost certainly the first time this level of information has been available, as most commercial kitchens are not separately monitored and therefore cannot be accurately measured.

As the charts below show, applying these methods to two separate kitchens, both serving lunch to a similar number of people to the same standard of cuisine, shows how different menus and/or users can dramatically affect power and water consumption.

Kitchen monitoring: How does it help?

kitchen 1 - 120 meals

● Measures the electric, gas and water consumption in the kitchen 24/7

● Identifies peaks and troughs in demand and how staff interact with the utilities

● Analysis software generates regular reports (select daily, weekly, monthly), highlighting areas

● Reports provide data for ongoing comparison (for example, how different menus impact energy consumption)

● Understanding of consumption pattern helps to set energy targets. FMs have more power when in negotiations with the contractor or in-house team

● Building owners reap the benefits of having a more marketable property. Tenants enjoy lower energy bills and everyone benefits from a healthier environment, demonstrating they run an efficient and sustainable operation.

Kitchen 2 - 120 meals

What the service involves?

● FM4Kitchens will supply the meters (typically 4) for incoming kitchen gas, water and electricity, plus monitoring of one water-using item of equipment (usually the dishwasher). Usual cost of the FM4Kitchens package is variable depending upon the number of meters and complexity of installation and is typically between £6,000 and


● FM4Kitchens carries out the installation, using Serviceline catering engineers. It has 120 engineers nationwide, directly employed and fully trained to the highest standards (City & Guilds, NVQ, Health & Safety, gas and electrical, Refrigerant safe handling, hydrocarbon certified, COSHH and First Aid training).

● FM4Kitchens supply and train you on the Analysis Software.

● Data is collected automatically from gas, electricity and water meters and the software

gathers all the information into one place, maintaining a permanent screen view if needed.

Reports are available within seconds showing usage for any time period, for any variation of data collected, displaying instant alerts and trends.

Caterers use about 2 ½ times more energy per sq m of floor area than the average commercial building. The busier your kitchen, the greater are the potential savings


Go to and click on the FM4Kitchens tab to register for this exclusive offer for PFM readers. All entries will be placed into ‘the hat’ with the winner being selected by the Editor of PFM on the closing date of one month after publication.

FM4Kitchens is the Energy Monitoring Division of SERVICELINE, a leading supplier of kitchen and refrigeration maintenance. Serviceline delivers a comprehensive kitchen maintenance service in the UK catering equipment industry: Serviceline, Maxwell Road, Stevenage, Herts. SG1 2DW

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