Busy restaurants can use a lot of energy. When you consider the lighting and heating that are essential for creating an ambience, and the gas and electricity that are of course essential for cooking, the costs can soon add up. That’s why it’s so important to make sure you’re on the best deal, so you can keep your costs as low as possible.
The amount you pay for energy to run your restaurant can vary depending on a number of things, including:
When you get your energy bill, most of the costs will be based on the amount of energy your restaurant has used. But these costs will also usually be included:
The amount you pay for your business electricity depends on your business’s location and your energy supplier, but these average amounts will give you a rough guide to what you can expect to pay:
|Business size||Average annual electricity usage||Average price (per kWh)||Average annual electricity bill|
|Micro business||5,000 kWh||15.9p||£900|
|Small business||15,000 kWh||15.1p||£2,367|
|Medium business||25,000 kWh||14.7p||£3,774|
|Large business||50,000 kWh||14.3p||£7,234|
There are lots of ways to make your restaurant more energy efficient, and bring your business energy bills down.
Make sure you keep fridge doors closed whenever possible, and check that the seals on your fridges and cold rooms are intact. Defrost and clean your fridges regularly, and keep the condensers and evaporators clean. When you’re looking to buy a new refrigerator, check the energy rating - AA++ rated units are the cheapest to run.
A third of your energy cost is typically spent on heating and hot water, so it’s worth insulating your hot water pipes to make sure you’re not losing any heat. Check your water temperature is at 60C, as this keeps water hot and kills bacteria. Fix any leaking taps as quickly as possible, and consider swapping for spray water taps, as these use less water than conventional taps.
When it comes to heating and ventilating your restaurant, it’s important to get your systems serviced regularly to make sure they’re running as efficiently as possible. Consider turning your thermostats down to a comfortable level - you rarely need to use air conditioning below 24C. Switch off your kitchen hoods when they’re not needed, and match your heating timer to the times when the rooms are being used.
Don’t forget about lighting - simply replacing your traditional light bulbs with LED ones could reduce the electricity you use for lighting by as much as 80%. Encourage your staff to switch off lights when they’re not needed - installing movement sensors, time switches and daylight sensors will also help with this.
Call MoneySuperMarket today on 0800 088 6986 to find out how we can help to cut the energy bills at your restaurant. Or leave a few details at the top of the page and we’ll give you a call back.
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