Cost effective energy saving for restaurants and commercial kitchens
Energy saving for restaurants is becoming an essential part of commercial kitchen based business management as it can assist in saving money, as well as reducing environmental impact.
Consumers demand it, the government encourages it and you should do it for your restaurant or commercial kitchen…
Commercial kitchen energy facts:
- Energy is one of the biggest business overheads
- Commercial kitchens require two and a half times more energy per square foot than any other business premises – Environmental Protection Agency
- Around 25% of the energy used in catering is expended in the preparation, cooking and serving of food
- The National Restaurant Association survey found that 62% of diners would prefer to eat in an eco-friendly restaurant
- Many restaurants could cut their energy bills by as much as 20% just by implementing simple energy efficiency measures according to the Carbon Trust
Commercial kitchen energy usage
The diagram highlights where organisations that operate using a commercial kitchen are spending most on their energy.
Identifying this can help you to pinpoint where energy saving tactics need to be implemented to achieve savings.
Tips to cut commercial kitchen energy consumption and costs
To help you in the reduction of your commercial kitchens energy consumption and costs we’ve put together a list of some of the things that you can try to achieve this:
- Match your menu to certain pieces of equipment so that the amount of equipment, therefore the energy you use can be limited
- Turn off equipment between services – If a 5KW grill is left on between services over an entire year, this could equate to 25,740kWh of electricity wasted – This equals approximately £2,630 unnecessarily spent on energy
- Upgrade your equipment – Traditional hobs are up to 50% less efficient than electric induction hobs
- Upgrade your equipment – A new gas-fired grill would cost in the region of £1,300 to purchase. So if the grill is left on even 30% of the time, the payback takes six months
- Replace your bulbs with eco-friendly alternatives and you could save £3 per bulb, per year. This might not seem like much but when you add it up throughout your entire premises, it can make a real difference
Alternative options that will lower your commercial kitchens energy costs
There are other ways that you can save money on your business energy that don’t require quite so much effort. Often businesses can reduce their expenditure by up to 36% by simply reviewing their business energy contracts.
1.3 million UK business are estimated to be overpaying suppliers, some by up to 80%. This has resulted in energy suppliers accumulating excess profits of approximately £500m. This could be due to something as simple as going out of contract and being rolled onto a standard or higher tariff without being notified.
At Exchange Utility, we’re working to combat unnecessarily high energy costs for businesses by providing a FREE BUSINESS ENERGY COMPARISON SERVICE. To claim this free service for your business, grab a recent gas and electricity bill and choose one of the following options:
- Call 0800 9777 000 and speak to a friendly energy expert
- Complete an online enquiry with a few details from your bill
- Email a copy of your bill to firstname.lastname@example.org
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