If you are a restaurant owner, it is likely that you are paying very high energy bills. While running a restaurant of course requires a lot of energy to power all the necessary equipment, you are able to cut your energy bills by as much as 20%.
Are you wondering how to do it?
Cutting your restaurant’s energy bills is extremely easy. In fact, all you need to do is change your energy consumption habits and implement simple energy efficiency measures that can have many forms. You can introduce these solutions at your restaurant’s premises by, for example, installing LED bulbs, thermostats, or air conditioning controls. You can also make your restaurant greener by educating your employees and encouraging the whole team to get on board and consume less energy.
At Energy Solutions, we are committed to helping our customers be more energy efficient and to lower their impact on the environment. As an energy broker with many years of experience in the energy industry, we can offer expert advice not only on how to get the best energy deal but also on how to cut your energy bills.
Gazprom Energy says that ‘making some small changes to increase energy efficiency can provide significant financial savings.’ Here at Energy Solutions, we share this opinion and we aim to explain to customers what these changes are and how to implement them.
Before you have a look at tips on how to cut your energy bills, ask yourself the following questions:
Does your restaurant use too much energy?
- Do you and your employees leave the lights on when the rooms are empty?
- Is the air conditioning on when the windows are open?
- Is the equipment on when it is not in use?
- Do you use LED bulbs?
- Do you have thermostats and sensors installed?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you can easily save money by changing these habits.
Have a look at some facts about saving energy in your restaurant:
- By raising energy awareness among employees and providing training on how to be more energy-efficient you can reduce energy use by up to 25%.
- If you cut your energy costs by 20%, you can observe a 5% increase in sales.
- By installing low-energy lighting you can also reduce costs related to air-conditioning.
Energy efficiency tips
Energy Solutions compiled some tips to help you cut your restaurant’s energy bills. They can be divided into several categories related to various aspects of running your business.
|Aspect of running a restaurant||Energy-efficiency tips|
|Heating, ventilation, air conditioning||Avoid overheating the restaurant by regularly checking thermostats and controls.|
Service boilers regularly.
Install time switches so that the heating is not on when the building is empty.
Do not set the air-conditioning below 24*C.
|Lighting||Install energy-efficient bulbs such as LED bulbs.|
Install movement sensors to ensure the lights are not on when there is no one in the room. Make sure the employees turn the lights off when they leave the room.
|Hot water||Properly insulate hot water pipes.|
Install spray water taps as they use less hot water and less power.
Quickly repair leaking taps.
|Refrigeration||Frequently check door seals.|
Do not open refrigerators’ doors when it’s not necessary.
Only buy A++ rated equipment to make sure they consume the least energy possible and have the lowest electrical running costs.
How switched on is your restaurant?
• Do you have lights on continuously in areas that are only occasionally occupied?
• Do you have areas that are draughty or too hot or too cold?
• Do the kitchen staff leave catering and extraction equipment on unnecessarily?
If you answered yes to any of the above, you can probably save lots of money very easily!
Did you know that?
- Simple actions such as raising energy awareness among kitchen and waiting staff and providing energy management training can reduce catering energy use by up to 25%?
- A 20% cut in energy costs can represent the same bottom-line benefit as a 5% increase in sales?
- Installing low-energy lighting can also reduce air conditioning costs?
Source: Carbon Trust