Kevin Eaton - Jan 14, 2021

Keys to Assembling Money-Saving Refrigeration in Florida School Cafeterias with RDT Eco-Smart

When it comes to saving money in a school nutrition program, there are many ways school cafeterias can help make budgets go a little bit further. From reducing food waste to increasing student participation in meal plans, every dollar earned and every dollar saved makes a difference in the overall district capabilities.

Of all the ways to save, there's one that often gets overlooked. Refrigeration. Schools can often save money by reducing energy consumption, as well as ensuring foods are shelf-stable, thus reducing potential food waste.

So what are the keys to assembling a great refrigeration system? Often, it comes down to simply adding a refrigeration controller for walk-in freezers and coolers.


How can you best cool a walk-in box? This is where energy consumption and redundancy can really play an important role. At the end of the day, both are opportunities to save money.

RDT eco-smart

RDT's Eco-Smart is an energy saving refrigeration controller for walk-in freezers and coolers. The Eco-Smart provides on-demand defrost, remote monitoring, and diagnostics for new equipment or the upgrade of existing refrigeration equipment.

This simple add-on to the evaporator to help control the defrost cycles will run only as needed. Some evaporators are set for a certain time of day to defrost cycles or even multiple times when it isn’t necessary. This is a great option for any school or business that has a walk-in to help cycle the defrost cycles only when needed -- thus, saving energy.

Refrigeration is a key component for school nutrition savings.

Often overlooked, there's a real opportunity to save with refrigeration. If you'd like to learn more about how we can help, we invite you to schedule a free School Nutrition Assessment where we can go over some basic concepts with you.

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Written by Kevin Eaton

Kevin Eaton is the President of Eaton Marketing & Associates and a seasoned Manufacturer Rep in Florida.