A Few Energy-Efficient Tricks for Effectively Reducing Restaurant Expenses

While we could debate over the current geopolitical situation until we’re blue in the face, one thing remains unchanged – prices everywhere have gone through the roof. As the cost of simple amenities such as heating and water goes up, so do the monthly rents and operating costs of small and large businesses alike. Staying afloat in a competitive world, such as the restaurant business, has never been harder. However, while regulating the real estate market and supply chain is out of our control, there is one thing restaurants could do to reduce expenses – save up on energy. While this may come across as an unreachable goal for full-service kitchens, it’s easily obtainable with the right background knowledge, all coincidentally summed up just below!

Start with the basics – energy-efficient appliances

When looking for the ultimate energy hog in the kitchen, look no further than appliances used for cooking and heating water. While crucial components in any kitchen, there’s no reason that the stove or oven should monopolize the restaurant’s monthly expenses. If they’re running the business to the ground, exchange them for energy-efficient alternatives without a second thought. Natural gas appliances alone have been shown to drastically reduce energy consumption. As the flame is manually adjusted, natural-gas stoves save a tremendous amount of energy on heat-up time. Additionally, gas appliances are known to cook food more evenly, making it both greener and tastier. 

Moving on to the big leagues – natural gas boilers

While exchanging the ovens and stoves is a start, it’s by no means enough for a restaurant aiming at maximum energy efficiency. Another common energy consumer in both residential and commercial buildings is the boiler. Just switching from an oil boiler to one using natural gas has been shown to save up as much as 60% of heating energy consumption. In the restaurant business, this kind of cost reduction could make or break a struggling restaurant. Therefore, while it does require an initial investment, switching from oil to natural gas boilers is guaranteed to pay off in the long run!

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Adding the finishing touches – AA++ refrigerators 

Now that the stove, oven, and boiler have been taken care of, it’s time for the final energy-efficient appliance – the refrigerator. When selecting one for a commercial kitchen, it’s best to choose from the AA++ class. These refrigerators have the lowest running cost, while still managing to prevent your ingredients from going bad. However, regardless of the model, a fridge needs some tender love and care. This includes both regular cleaning and door gasket replacement. Although this advice may seem out of place, little changes like these will keep the maintenance crew at bay and substantially lower your monthly costs. 

Keeping it all up to date – electrical services 

In the fight for cost reduction, switching to energy-efficient appliances is a must. However, just like with stoves, it’s still not enough. Thus, along with the right appliances comes the right maintenance. Even a top-shelf refrigerator needs a little touchup now and again. Here, the true challenge is finding just the right residential electrical services. After all, any team that’s going to be handling your business needs to know their appliances inside and out. Before settling on an electrician, make sure they offer everything you need. For restaurants, this means knowing how to work for commercial clients with larger sets of appliances. Finally, whatever you do, never forget to check their online reviews – that’s where you’ll find all the (not so) good stuff! 

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It’s time to turn on the (energy-efficient) lights

Once the kitchen has been taken care of, it’s time to re-examine the most obvious energy consumer of all – the lighting. Reportedly, lightbulbs are responsible for more than a tenth of a restaurant’s total energy consumption. Thus, when talking about energy efficiency, they’re a must on the chopping block. Simply switching to energy-efficient bulbs could substantially reduce the restaurant’s total lighting cost. Fortunately, because of both their price and availability, energy-efficient bulbs are everywhere these days. Regardless of whether you choose halogen bulbs, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), or light-emitting diodes (LEDs), your monthly costs are guaranteed to plummet. 

Make a list and start checking off the abovementioned items one by one. Of course, they don’t need to be exchanged overnight. After all, making the switch to energy-efficient appliances is no small financial feat. Luckily, once the gas ovens start increasing your profit, the rest of the appliances won’t be that far behind!