George Osborne’s Budget brought some very welcome good news for pub landlords up and down the country with the announcement of the penny off a pint scheme – a cut in beer tax which will make an evening at the local that little bit more affordable in future.

According to the Campaign for Real Ale, 10,000 British pubs have shut down in the last 10 years with some finding themselves unable to turn a profit as beer duty soars and the average punter’s belts are tightened. The new tax break aims to address this problem.

But if you’re a pub landlord, you’ll know that although every penny counts, further savings are also important. Saving energy means saving money, so if you’re looking to reduce your outgoings, what better place is there to start? Your pub will always incur commercial electricity and gas costs in its daily operations, but a few simple tweaks can lead to significant savings.

Heating

Keeping a pub warm is no easy task and this can make up an average 25% of the total energy use, so it’s wise to avoid over-use or overheating. A sensible temperature to aim for is between 19-21 degrees on the thermostat. Set the timer to ensure that you are only heating the premises when you need to. There’s no need to heat an empty pub so set the timer to switch off an hour before closing time.

Refrigeration

Refrigeration is another costly and energy-sapping process for pubs, but luckily, there are solutions available to help maximise your efficiency and minimise cost. New fridges might seem like an unnecessary expense, but up to date, A-rated models will use far less energy to run, saving you money in the long-run. A well-managed cellar is an energy-efficient cellar. Overcooling by just 1 degree can add 8% to your cellar’s energy costs, so check the temperature and think about adjusting the settings slightly.

Quick and easy

Simple, easy to implement measures such as switching to energy-saving light bulbs and turning off lights in areas of the pub which are not being used will also help to reduce your energy consumption and save you money on your business energy bills, so you can implement a few simple measures and start making savings today.

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