At 16 years old, the Kiremko frying range at Harlees restaurant and takeaway in Verwood, Dorset, had outlived its expected life span, so when it came to replacing it, director Kaylee Herbert saw it as a perfect opportunity to reduce the eight-strong chain’s carbon footprint.
“We want to be a responsible company and reduce our impact on the planet,” says Kaylee.
“When we looked into our carbon emissions, one of our biggest energy demands was our frying range, yet we needed more capacity. At the same time, we didn’t want to increase our gas usage. We also wanted a higher spec filtration system to help prolong the life of the oil, reducing our waste and carbon footprint.”
It was a tough brief, but KFE delivered with a seven pan high efficiency island range with built-in triple filtration that it projected would be 25% more efficient than the range it replaced, reducing gas usage by 30% and saving an estimated eight tonnes of CO2.
Armed with this information, Kaylee secured a grant from Low Carbon Dorset, an organisation that helps businesses deliver renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, to cover 25% of the cost of the frying range.
The new high efficiency Kiremko was installed in 2020 and immediately the savings were noticeable.
In the first year, Harlees saved around £1,400 on its annual gas bill at Verwood and reduced carbon emissions by 7.5% compared with the previous range with like for like pan usage.