Reducing Small Business Electricity & Gas Costs For Restaurants
Energy consumption can be one of the main reasons why restaurants struggle with success. From catering and refrigeration to heating and dining room lighting, restaurant energy usage can often reach extremely high levels.
At Simply Business Energy, we have identified some of the key methods that can help reduce your restaurant business energy consumption and save money on your utility bills over time. Not only will this improve financial stability for your restaurant, it can also increase efficiency throughout your business.
Reducing your heating bills
Heating and hot water can account for up to 40% of a restaurant’s overall energy usage. Follow these useful tips to cut down your heating bills where possible:
Install temperature timers and adjust them accordingly with opening and closing times. This will allow the building to heat up when your diners arrive and gradually cool down when your customers are starting the leave the restaurant
Implement temperature controlled ‘zones’ within your establishment. These designated areas will provide closer and efficient heating control throughout the building. They will also improve the comfort of your diners and also save on consumption and costs.
Lighting is essential to provide the perfect dining experience. Here are some tips that can help you reduce your lighting bills:
- Install large double glazed windows. Not only would this be beneficial from a heating perspective by retaining heat and saving energy costs, it will also save your restaurant lighting costs, due to the increased exposure to a great deal of natural light
- Install low energy lighting, wherever possible
- Set light timers in accordance with the opening and closing times of your restaurant
Water utility bills can be a real expense for restaurant owners. Here are a few tips on how your restaurant can reduce its hot water usage and costs:
- Install tap controls. This technology is used by many restaurants as it switches the taps off when they are not in use or they are not needed
- Set appropriate hot water temperatures on all water based appliances. Not only is this safer for staff or guests, but it is also less wasteful
- Set your stored hot water temperature to 60°C
Cutting down on catering costs
To cut down your business energy bills, consider whether your staff are doing the utmost to reduce costs:
- Replace existing kitchen equipment, if 15 years or older
- Consider gas fired kitchen equipment, rather than electrical or steam equivalents
- Use different cooking approaches, covering pots and pan whilst cooking can reduce cooking time on the appliance
- Rethink food preparation methods and times
- Turn off appliances when they are not being used
- Clean and carry out maintenance on all kitchen appliances on a regular basis, this will help the equipment run more efficiently
Saving on refrigeration
Finally, refrigeration costs can contribute a considerable amount towards your small business energy costs. Key factors to consider when using a refrigeration unit include:
- Making sure the refrigeration systems are well maintained, so that they can work more efficiently
- Clear all blocked, dirty and leaking components, as this can lead to increased energy demand
- Compile a list of regular equipment checks. If any problems occur, appoint a maintenance contractor
- Make sure there are no ice build ups on the evaporator fins
- Ensure that all produce is stored at the right temperature. By doing this, your produce is not only safe for consumption, but also the energy consumption of your refrigeration equipment will be at a reasonable setting
Energy Contract Management
The above consumption reduction initiatives will assist in reducing energy consumption costs, but prices can only be managed by intelligent purchasing.
Compare Suppliers & Prices– Comparing gas and electricity costs before agreeing a contract is essential, but contacting all of the suppliers and then comparing their varying structured quote formats can be time consuming and confusing.
Pro-active Contract Management– Many business energy contracts have variable rate clauses, which allow suppliers to increase costs at the end of the contract term. Due to this, some businesses have had their contracts rolled over with an increase in cost of up to 30%.
Contact our friendly team today to find out how your restaurant can benefit from choosing the right energy supplier. Alternatively, you can compare business gas and electricity prices yourself, or register for our renewal reminder service on our website to help you get the best rates for your business.
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