Whether you run a restaurant, pub or café, all facilities across the hospitality industry will know how expensive operating costs and utility bills can be. Hospitality establishments can be some of the most energy-intrusive businesses around. Therefore, it makes good business sense to find opportunities to save money on energy bills by implementing sustainable and energy efficiency measures.
With heating and hot water accounting, on average, for more than 40% of your energy use, winter not only brings an increase in heating usage but also typically sees an overall market increase in kerosene prices. For establishments running on oil-fired heating systems, there are plenty of ways to reduce heating consumption, save heating oil and reduce costs.
The Carbon Trust states that it is possible to save up to 20% on heating costs through the implementation of some simple energy saving measures. As a result, WP Group have compiled their top tips for those in the hospitality industry looking to reduce their heating consumption.
- Replace inefficient boilers
Be aware of the latest Building Regulations for new and replacement boiler installations; in many cases, better energy efficiency savings can be made by high efficiency boilers. Oil boilers should be serviced twice a year to minimize the chance of a boiler breakdown and ensure it is running at top performance.
- Maintain insulation and pipework
Take the time to ensure you have effective insulation in boilers, hot water tanks, pipes and valves. This will not only reduce potential heat escaping but will also see long-term savings on heating costs.
- Divide the building into zones
Having individual heating controls for bars, lounges, function rooms, storage rooms and kitchens will allow you to make adjustments based on occupancy and need. You can also use time-clock controllers so that each zone reaches the desired temperature as customers and staff arrive, adjusting for different opening hours on different days of the week. This can cut down dramatically on unnecessary heating.
- Stick to the recommended temperature
Don’t overheat your building and cause your customers discomfort, the industry standard temperature for bar and lounge areas is 20°C - 22°C.
- Take care of your kerosene storage tank
To help prevent breakdowns and keep your heating system working efficiently, give your storage tank regular maintenance checks to make sure it is still in a good condition. Make sure there is no rust, holes or any other damage to the tank or to the gauges, pipes and fittings.
- Smart use of the thermostat
Installing a seven-day time switch will allow you to adjust different setting for each day and make adjustments accordingly. Ensure your thermostat is in an appropriate location, keep it aware of draughty areas, in direct sunlight or radiators or fireplaces as this will give a misinterpreted reading.
- Watch out for heat loss in the kitchen
For restaurants and pubs serving food, kitchens not only need a separate heating system to the customer populated areas, but there are many risks of unnecessary heat consumption. Switch off kitchen extraction hoods when not in use as these can remove heated air from the building. Keeping the refrigerator door closed as much as possible will also prevent heat loss. It is also good practice to ensure all equipment is Energy Star accredited.
- Automate fuel consumption data and heating oil orders
You can effectively monitor the quantity and quality of your heating oil by installing a fuel monitoring system. These systems can give access to data and analytics, set-up automated heating oil orders and highlight energy efficiency opportunities within your business. This will save resource, time and money on monitoring your kerosene and dramatically reduces the risk of running out of heating oil.
- Hot water consumption
Water needs to be hot enough to kill bacteria, but not too hot for hand washing by staff and customers. Keeping your hot water stored at 60°C is an optimum temperature. Overheating your water can be potentially dangerous as well as costly.
- Upgrade to a quality product
Advanced kerosene can offer long term savings on heating costs as well as lower carbon emissions. Formulated with additives, this kerosene can improve boiler performance, reduce sludge build-up in your tank and improve fuel storage life.
- Install de-stratification fans
If your restaurant or pub has high ceilings, de-stratification fans can reduce energy consumption by moving warm air down to the ground level, where it is required.
- Effective ventilation
Unnecessary ventilation can account for a large proportion of heat loss in most commercial buildings. Install high efficiency motors and enable variable speed fans so they can be slowed down or turned off when not needed.
- Outdoor areas
For those with outdoor space, such as areas for alfresco dining or pub gardens, limit patio heaters to the peak times or install timers which will switch off after a certain time or when outdoor space is not in use.
Although energy management measures will vary depending on the type, size and location of your hospitality business, implementing small changes to your heating usage and heating oil management could potentially see noticeable reductions in heating usage and costs. To discuss your restaurant or pub’s heating oil requirements with a member of our team, contact us on 0800 980 6172 or email us at .