Top Tips for Saving Energy in Your Business
Increase net profit
- Saved energy costs go straight to bottom line profit
- Reducing costs oven overlooked against trying to add sales
Reduce maintenance costs
- Generally reduces wear and tear on equipment
- LED lights and new tech last much longer than older systems (if you buy reasonable quality)
- Plenty of 'behaviour changes' and quick 'settings changes'
- Most are low cost actions
- Fewer high cost actions can be left for when cash flow allows or at times of refurbishment or move
- To stay ahead of cost increases (eg. gas, forthcoming)
- To reduce carbon emissions / environmental impact
Example: this property 120 tonnes of CO2 equivalent emissions just from electricity and gas consumption each year.
How & What To Do
1. Understand your energy usage
- Check (and read!) electricity and gas bills.
- Monitor your energy usage
- Consider the need for an energy audit
Example business weekday energy usage.
Example business weekend energy usage.
Electricity usage by equipment type at the Moody Chef
2. Tweak settings
- AC - Every 1˚C adjustment can save 5-10% running costs
- Refrigeration - check temps, filters, etc
- Kitchen equipment - operating time and temperatures
- Hot Water - timer control, temperature, type, flow restrictors
3. Upgrading lighting to LED
- Now LED options for all lights (see examples)
4. Focus on refrigeration
- Review & consolidate where possible - retiring just one two-door display fridge could save up to $1,000 per year
- Place drinks fridges on timers
- Check cool room seals, plastic strip curtains, etc
5. Improve behaviour
- Engage staff: show them the bills?
- Reduce idle time: if it's not being used, switch it off!
- Clear procedures: for store open and close in particular
- Simple actions: sandwich press open? coolroom lights on? etc