The Environmental Impact of Energy Consumption in Restaurants

From the air to the ocean, the environment is affected by the choices we make and the energy we use. In an article from the United States Environmental Protection Agency, it was estimated that around 40% of total energy consumed in the U.S. is used for producing electricity. (If you want to read the EPA’s full article and see the government’s other resources on helping the environment, follow this link.)

All that energy going towards electrical production allows us to enjoy our modern conveniences, but it is not without cost—to our bank accounts and the planet. While personal lifestyle choices greatly impact the environment, we must also see the massive impact that industries can have. Sources vary, but there are somewhere around 700,000 restaurants in the United States alone, and each one is likely paying thousands of dollars in electric bills each month.

After the devastating effects of the pandemic, the restaurant industry is finally growing and prospering again. With this uptick in business, it is important to consider not only the money that is to be made but also the cost of that success: the environmental effects.

Rather than further damaging this place that we call home, what if we used this time of growth for making positive changes? Even if every restaurant decreased their energy usage by just 5%, that would make a significant impact on the national level. It is important to note, too, that reducing energy waste helps both your bottom line and the environment. (Read more on that here!) Saving energy saves you money, and who doesn’t want that?

Here at GWT2Energy, we have more than 20 years of experience in helping restaurants manage their energy needs and find sustainable and profitable methods of operation. We have helped both small and corporate businesses adjust their standards, save money, and give the environment a little boost. We feel pretty good about that, and our goal is to help more restaurant owners achieve their energy goals. Reach out to us to see what kind impact your business is having on the environment! We are confident that we can make it better.

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