Trying to lower high energy consumption in commercial restaurants is a never-ending quest for owners. In a long list of expenditures, energy costs rank top as the most expensive. With each restaurant aiming to keep costs at a minimum and the profits high, cutting down on energy usage is where the key lies.
But, instead of looking at limiting energy usage, why not focus on what you may be doing wrong?
Here's a list of four major energy wasting mistakes you could be making.
Leaving AC on 24/7
During business hours, restaurants prefer to leave their air conditioning or HVAC systems on. The goal is to keep the customers comfortable as they enjoy their meals. Once it's time to close up shop, most restaurant managers forget to turn off the HVAC system.
If all the customers have left, what's the point of leaving the air conditioning on?
Tip: Find an automated HVAC or air conditioning system that goes off and on at a preset schedule. This way, you don't have to worry about forgetting to manually turn it off after closing hours.
Keeping the Outdoor Lights on During Daytime
Franchises and restaurants left, right and center do not turn off their external lights during the day. At night, lights placed strategically at the exterior areas all around the restaurants helps attract customers in the evening. Plus it complements how the restaurant looks.
But you must admit that during the day these lights have no use, seeing as they are barely visible.
Tip: To avoid energy wastage, consider putting a staff member in charge of putting the outdoor lights off during the day. The same worker should remember to turn the same lights on in the evening.
Placing Room Sensors Too Close to Heat Source
Room sensors work to help cool areas such as the kitchen where the temperatures are likely to get uncomfortably high. Once the sensor is triggered, it prompts the air conditioner to work harder to cool the room.
When you place the heat sensor too close to the stove, for instance, it will keep the air conditioning system running above normal levels throughout.
Tip: Consult a professional when installing heat sensors. Professionals know exactly where to place these sensors to keep them fully effective while limiting excessive wastage of energy.
Using Inexperienced Maintenance Contractors
You waste more money, time, and energy by employing shoddy contractors to handle your maintenance. Understandably, you may simply be looking to save a little money by going for the cheapest contractor.
The only problem here is that you will end up with faulty appliances which consume more energy than is necessary.
Tip: Always choose to work with reputable contractors for all your maintenance needs. It may cost you a little more, but it will save you a significant amount of money when it comes to paying for energy costs.
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