The Top 5 Energy-Saving Myths Debunked for Restaurant Owners

Myths circle around for a variety of reasons, and it seems like there is a myth for every part of life. There are probably even a few myths you were told as a child to help keep you safe!

While myths can be interesting to research, one thing you do not want to do is believe a myth that will negatively affect the bottom line of your restaurant. Since energy consumption has come to peoples’ awareness, many myths have been created concerning the best ways to be efficient. Read the list below to ensure you haven’t fallen prey to these well-meaning lies.

Myth: Keeping the thermostat at a lower temperature cools a room faster.
Fact: Air conditioning systems work at the same pace regardless of the temperature set. Setting the thermostat to a lower temperature won’t cool the room faster—it will only run longer, wasting energy. Set the thermostat to your desired temperature for comfort.

Myth: Appliances and electronics don’t consume energy when they are turned off.
Fact: Many devices consume standby power or “vampire power” even when they are turned off. Unplugging electronics or using power strips with on/off switches can eliminate this unnecessary energy usage. (There are some appliances, like fridges, that should never be unplugged. Other smaller appliances, like microwaves, toaster ovens, and mixers, could easily be unplugged when they are not in use.)

Myth: Keeping the refrigerator cooler than necessary helps preserve food better.
Fact: Setting the refrigerator to excessively low temperatures wastes energy. It’s recommended to set the refrigerator between 37-40°F (3-4°C) and the freezer between 0-5°F (-18 to -15°C) for optimal efficiency.

Myth: Washing dishes by hand saves more energy than using a dishwasher.
Fact: Dishwashers, especially energy-efficient models, tend to use less water and energy than washing dishes by hand. Ensure the dishwasher is fully loaded before running it to maximize efficiency. If you regularly run only partly full loads, you are wasting energy.

Myth: Energy-saving features on appliances are not worth the investment.
Fact: Energy-saving features on appliances, such as energy-efficient lighting or power-saving modes, can result in significant energy savings over time. While they may have a slightly higher upfront cost, the long-term energy savings can outweigh the initial investment.

How did you do? Are there any myths that you have been following? If you had intended to save energy, but you were actually adhering to a myth, you might want to consider working with a professional to help get you on the best path for your restaurant. Reach out to your friends at GWT2Energy today, and we’ll use our tried and true methods to help you save energy and improve your bottom line!

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