10 Practical Energy Conservation Tips for Restaurants

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1. Use energy efficient equipment

Using energy efficient restaurant equipment will reduce the amount of energy you consume, and in turn, lower your energy bills. Commercial refrigerators carry an EU Energy Label, which is a traffic light system from A+++ to G. It looks like this:

You can use this energy labelling system to help upgrade your equipment. For appliances without this labelling, a lower kWh rating means an appliance is more efficient and uses less energy than one with a higher kWh rating. Business electricity rates per kWh are higher than ever, so the savings here add up.

2. Maintain your equipment

Make sure you follow the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance and servicing schedule. Make sure faults are fixed quickly and if you notice any dip in performance, have your equipment looked at by a professional.

3. Reduce your water consumption

Restaurants use a lot of water, and much of it is waste. You can reduce water consumption with low-flow spray valves and low-flow aerators on taps. Issues like leaky taps and varying water pressures should be fixed quickly.

4. Upgrade to LED light bulbs

Make use of LED light bulbs as much as possible. LED light bulbs use less power than CFL light bulbs and have a much longer shelf life – many last for more than 50,000 hours, which is approximately 10 times longer than the equivalent CFL.
Here’s a handy comparison of three types of bulb:

As you can see, LEDs rule supreme.

Source: https://www.bu.edu/sustainability/what-were-doing/energy/led-lighting-retrofits/

5. Shutdown unused equipment

Don’t keep appliances on standby overnight – turn them off completely. Use a start and shutdown schedule if you can to conserve business electricity.

6. Give your appliances space to vent

All appliances need space to vent as part of their cooling process. If they can’t vent, they overheat and use more energy. So give them space.

7. Reduce ambient temperature in the kitchen

Don’t keep appliances on standby overnight – turn them off completely. Use a start and shutdown schedule if you can to conserve business electricity.

8. Decrease the amount of heat you use

Use lower dishwasher and washing machine temperatures. You might also like to install a smart thermostat, which will enable you to remotely control your boiler to reduce business gas usage and stay in control of your central heating.

9. Train your staff

Make sure all your staff understand how energy is consumed so they can apply good practice. A poorly trained team will waste energy like there’s no tomorrow.

10. Consult your energy supplier

Your utility company should be able to help reduce your restaurant’s energy consumption further, with a report detailing how you are using energy. Also, when the time comes to renew your business energy plan, be sure to compare business electricity and gas rates. You could save a packet by switching supplier.

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