There are several things you can check to ensure you are maximising your pub’s energy efficiencies and reducing your long-term electricity and maintenance costs. For example, changing your lighting to energy efficient light-bulbs, and installing sensory lighting and sensor-controlled bathroom faucets to reduce energy wastage.
The two biggest sources of energy wastage in venues are typically air-conditioning and refrigeration. Follow our tips to maximise your venue’s energy efficiencies.
What you can do to make your air-conditioning energy efficient:
- Check that your venue is properly insulated to keep cool air in. A well-insulated area means your air-conditioning doesn’t need to work as hard. If you are not sure if your building’s insulation is up to standard, contact us to book a Site Audit.
- Invest in automatic doors to ensure you are minimising the amount of hot outside air let in. If doors are left open, your air-conditioner will need to work harder to cool down the venue.
- Have separate air-conditioning zones for your bar, lounge, function room and other areas so that you can control each section independently. Switch off air-conditioning for areas that are closed.
- Keep thermostats away from areas with extreme temperatures, such as direct sunlight or ovens and refrigerators. The thermostat will read that the area is too hot and will put the air-conditioner in overdrive to attempt to cool down.
Electricity used for keeping beverages cool in an average pub accounts for roughly 10% of the total energy cost. How you can keep your pub energy efficient:
- Make sure your refrigeration unit uses natural refrigerants (the fluids used as the heat carrier), as they are generally more energy efficient and have a longer lifespan than synthetic refrigerants.
- Ensure heat-producing equipment is placed outside the unit in a well-ventilated area. These include line coolers, cooling cabinets and ice makers.
- Get your heating pipes, refrigerator doors and hatches insulated and draught-stripped to prevent the cellar from heating up. If you need to get your equipment insulated, please contact us.
- Ensure your access doors are self-closing and are immediately shut following deliveries.
- Check your door seals are in good condition. Moisture within the unit can affect efficiency levels.
- Keep your refrigeration unit in a well-ventilated area and ensure the coils are clean and well-maintained. Coils covered in dust or grime can overheat and impend on proper circulation.