Chains in Canada are going ‘green’ as part of the Franchise Management Inc (FMI)’s energy saving and refurbishment program.

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This program will include more than 25 Pizza Huts in Atlantic Canada and KFC restaurants in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland.

A major part of this program is changing the lighting. In some cases it’s just the change of a lightbulb. Energy savings co-ordinator, Ernie Tracey, helped with part of Pizza Hut’s energy usage by changing the bulbs above the ovens from incandescent to LEDs. He said: “For lower wattage we get higher output; and the LEDs are rated for 100,000 hours as opposed to 1,000 for the incandescent.”

Because a lot of people turn all the lights and machines on first thing in the morning Ernie Tracey and Darryl Hardy, an instructor at Holland College, created a control system that turn on lights and equipment in 18 minute increments to stop the sudden spike of electricity usage. Another part of the program is to install daylight harvesting systems which use daylight to offset the amount of electric lighting needed. Three KFC car parks have been fitted with solar-powered LED lights.

FMI Development Manager, Dak Conklin, said: “It’s a win-win-win scenario in what we are doing with our energy savings. A win for the environment, a win for cost reduction and a win for maintenance and replacement reductions.”