It goes without saying that Valentine’s Day is a busy time for restaurants! With the heat about to start rising in the kitchen, and hopefully among the customers too, now is a good time to think about some simple changes that can help keep your business energy prices down.

We want to spread the energy-saving love, so we’ve compiled some helpful tips to show you how to cut your bills by as much as 20% when Cupid’s arrow hits.

Check the light in your life

Nothing says romance more than candles and soft lighting. But check that the bulbs you use are energy efficient to help reduce your commercial electricity rates. Compact fluorescent bulbs or LED lamps use up to 80% less energy than standard lamps, and they don’t need to be replaced as often. Remember the golden rule too – only have lights on in the zones you’re using. It might seem simple but it has a big impact on your energy bills.

Feel (and turn down) the heat

Couples don’t want to be sweating on their romantic date. Check thermostats and controls regularly. Make sure your heating only comes on where you need it and in the areas you are using. Turn off kitchen extraction hoods when they’re not needed. They use up electricity and remove heated air from the building – not good on a cold February night.

Don’t get into hot water

Check your stored water temperature – the optimum is 60 °C. Insulate hot water pipes. Consider changing to spray taps as they use less hot water and energy. Always repair leaking taps immediately to avoid wasting water. Heating and water can make up over 40% of your energy use, so ensure your boiler is regular serviced to maintain efficiency.

In from the cold

With so many covers over Valentine’s Day, your kitchen staff will be in and out of the fridges. Check the door seals are in good condition and keep the fridge doors closed as much as you can. Any refrigerators storing non-perishable goods – like bubbly – can be turned off when things don’t need to be cool and all fridge lights can be turned off at night. If you do invest in a new fridge, opt for the most energy efficient A++ rated refrigerators as they have the lowest electrical running costs.

Shout about it

Your staff may be loved up, but they can still save energy. Raise awareness among the team and provide some simple energy management training to ensure that you are all on the same page and that you’re working as a team.

Find out more ways to save with the energy-saving guide for restaurants from Energy Made Simple on the British Gas website.

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