Following an equipment fire-up schedule in the restaurants is a great way to reduce electrical demand during peak times and control overall gas and electric use.
McDonald’s USA developed the restaurant equipment fire-up tool, a computer program that has become a widely accepted energy-efficiency tool in U.S. restaurants. Based on restaurant-specific equipment and operating hours, this tool identifies the optimum times to turn kitchen equipment on or off. It also helps managers and crew follow the recommended schedule. The fire-up tool also revives McDonald’s traditional lighting dot system, providing color-coded dots for lighting circuit breakers. This offers a simple way for crew and managers to ensure lighting efficiency in the restaurant. Additional print materials, including equipment labels, are available to guide crew actions on a continuous basis.
Through the consistent use of the fire-up schedule and associated tools, the average restaurant can save up to $1,500 per year. The fire-up tool includes the flexibility to provide 24-hour locations with the ability to have multiple on/off times and a simple method to add new pieces of equipment to the software.