A popular pub can use bags and bags of energy, as the day-to-day running of things requires plenty of electricity and gas for lighting and heating - even more so if you have a working kitchen or run a B&B as part of the package.
This means gas and electricity bills can quickly add up to cost you a small fortune, but what some landlords may not realise is that there is some really good deals on business energy for pubs.
How to get the best gas & electricity prices for pubs
One of the simplest ways for you to reduce the cost of your pub gas bill is to run a comparison and check out which deals could save you the most money – pub gas prices and electricity rates will vary, but a thorough comparison should make sure you save on your bills.
You can check out multiple deals quick and easily with UKPower's business energy comparison service. And if you find a tariff that's worth changing to, we can advise you how to do that, too. It's simple, free and well worth a few minutes of your time.
Energy efficiency tips for pubs
As well as switching supplier, there are a number of changes you can make in and around your pub to reduce the amount of energy you use, which will ultimately cut the price of your gas or electricity bill. By following some of our expert advice below, you could save up to 20% on your energy bill:
Pub heating and hot water
- Heating and hot water can account for up to 40% of your entire pub’s energy bill, so reducing consumption in this area can seriously reduce the cost of the bill.
- Insulating boilers and pipes will help minimise unnecessary heat loss. The cost of the insulation is usually paid back within a few months meaning you end up making a healthy saving on the money you spend.
- Make sure boilers are regularly serviced, or replaced if needs be. New boilers can be up to 65% more efficient than old ones, which could cut hundreds of pounds off your energy bill each year.
Pub cooling and refrigeration
- Avoid using a cooling system too often. As a rule of thumb, you should only use the air conditioning if temperatures rise above 26°C. In cooler months, open windows or doors to allow fresh, cooler air in without using power. Pub electricity rates are too high to continuously pump cool air.
- Ensure all refrigerators and freezers are properly maintained; door seals should be in good condition and any fans and vents should not be blocked or dusty. Cleaning these monthly will keep them in great working order, and reduce the overall time you spend maintaining annually.
- Energy efficient light bulbs use considerably less power than standard ones (LED lamps 80% less, CFLs 75% less) and they also last longer. They may cost a little more but you'll save money where it matters.
- Fit motion sensors to lights in rooms such as store rooms, cellars and hallways; this could reduce electricity consumption by a whopping 30-50% and will save you time at the end of each day.
- Staff awareness can play a huge role in reducing consumption. Establish rules, such as turning lights and appliances off when not they aren't being used. Make this a plan for all your staff to follow. Tell them why you're asking them to do this, and get them on board with improving your overall energy efficiency.
- Draught proofing is often overlooked, but 35% of the heat in your pub can be lost due to draughts. This type of measure will probably please your punters, too. As if directly affects how they feel in the pub.
- Wall and roof insulation could reduce heat loss by a combined total of 31%. You save money on heat loss and it's quicker to heat up a room. These changes make sense.
- Double glazed windows are an expensive investment, but they can pay off in a massive way. Double glazed windows can reduce overall heat loss by 26%, and coupled with insulation and the other measure means you'll have top energy efficiency.
How to cut you pub’s gas and electricity costs
If you want to cut the cost of your energy bills, the first (and best) step to take is make sure you’re on the cheapest contract possible. Click here to begin a comparison, or call our energy experts on 0800 326 5517 to see if you can get a better deal.
Then, why not try implementing some efficiency improvements?
Start with the smaller changes, like switching your light bulbs and establishing an energy-saving culture amongst your staff. Then you can work your way up to the larger improvements, such as replacing your boiler or fitting double glazed windows if necessary.
Ultimately, any changes you make, no matter how big or small, will impact your energy consumption and reduce the amount you pay for energy. And the best part is that any energy savings will go straight onto your bottom line.