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7 Energy Saving Tips for Restaurants

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Surprisingly, restaurants use about 2.5 times more energy per square foot than any other type of commercial building. 

By making some small repairs, switches, and behavioral changes, restaurants can begin to conserve resources and boost their bottom line. 

Here are seven energy saving tips for restaurants. 

1. Reduce heating and hot water costs. 

Heating and hot water make up 40 percent of an average restaurant's energy spend. By adjusting the thermostat and reducing water heater expenses, restaurants can save significant energy and money. 

2. Use good kitchen practices. 

Be sure to always close freezer and chiller doors as they lose significant energy when left open. In addition, don't use a bigger saucepan than you need as they require more energy and time to heat. 

3. Change light bulbs. 

About 13 percent of a restaurant's energy consumption goes to lighting. Energy-efficient light bulbs — which include halogen bulbs, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), and light emitting diodes (LEDs) — use up to 80 percent less energy than conventional lighting and can last up to 25 times longer.

4. Fix leaks. 

Repair leaking taps and pipes as soon as possible to avoid hot water loss. 

5. Adjust the thermostat.

Set the thermostat at 78 degrees Fahrenheit for cooling and 68 degrees Fahrenheit for heating. An additional 4-5 percent in energy costs could be added for each degree in heating and cooling. 

6. Use the "Night Setback" feature. 

By using the "night setback" on your thermostat, you can ensure that you are heating and cooling your restaurant when needed. 

7. Select the right refrigerator. 

When buying new refrigerators, choose AA++ rated units as they have the lowest running costs. Also, be sure to clean and maintain your refrigerator. Clean cooling coils twice a year and replace door gaskets if a dollar bill easily slips out when closed between the door's seals. Finally, have large and walk-in refrigeration systems serviced at least once a year. 

For more information on how restaurants and caterers can reduce their energy costs, check out this infographic

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Posted: August 28, 2015