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Energy Efficiency Strategies for Restaurants


Restaurants use up to seven times more energy per square foot of space than any other commercial operation. Utility bills account for nearly five percent of a restaurant's operating costs, and as energy prices increase, sustainable energy conservation is essential for increasing the bottom line and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

A sound energy management program and practical energy conservation efforts can considerably increase profits while lowering a restaurant's carbon footprint. Reducing energy consumption by just 20 percent means an additional profit of one percent, and a realistic and comprehensive energy management policy can increase profits to well over the one percent mark.

Star Energy is highly experienced in helping restaurants lower their energy bills through practical and sustainable improvements in energy efficiency. Our comprehensive energy audit provides us with information about your energy consumption and environmental impact that we use to develop opportunities for improving efficiency to increase your bottom line and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Cooking, water heating, refrigeration and lighting represent about 81 percent of the energy used in a restaurant, and the building envelope impacts the overall efficiency of your operation. Our audit includes a thorough inspection of kitchen equipment, HVAC and distribution systems and lighting, as well as the evaluation of utility bills and the efficiency of the building itself. Following the audit, we provide a list of improvements that will lower your energy consumption, drawing on new technologies, high-efficiency equipment and no- and low-cost solutions for increasing energy efficiency.

In addition to providing alternatives for high-efficiency investments, we offer a number of simple solutions that can have a big impact on your bottom line. For example, a startup and shutdown plan for kitchen equipment can save you about $450 a year, while low-flow pre-rinse sprayer valves can lower your natural gas and water bill for a combined $1,800 annual savings. High-efficiency light bulbs and occupancy sensors can reduce the electricity used for lighting by a staggering 75 percent.

A comprehensive energy management plan that includes ongoing monitoring and evaluation ensures continued efficiency and savings for the long term. Equally important is making energy conservation a team effort. We help educate staff and management teams in best practices for conservation to ensure that the improvements you make are sustainable well into the future.