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At full operation, a pub has the potential to consume a large amount of energy. Day to day operation requires a lot of lighting and equipment, even more so if you have a working kitchen or B&B rooms as well. Gas and electricity bills can easily cost a small fortune, but what some pub landlords don’t know is that they’re probably paying too much for their energy.

One of the easiest ways for you to reduce the cost of your pub’s energy bills is to run a comparison, and see if you can get a better deal on your energy contract. You can do this quickly and easily with’s business energy comparison service. Then, you could switch onto a more competitive rate and ultimately start paying less for the energy you consume.

Pub energy efficiency

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 addressing the following key areas, you could improve your pub’s energy efficiency and cut energy bills by up to 20%.

Heating and hot water

  • Heating and hot water can account for up to 40% of your entire pub’s energy bill, so reducing energy consumption in this area can significantly reduce the cost of your bill.
  • Insulate boilers and pipes properly to minimise unnecessary heat loss. The cost of the insulation is usually paid back within a few months, and any future savings are therefore a gain.
  • Make sure boilers are regularly serviced, or replaced if necessary. New boilers can be up to 65% more efficient than old ones, which could cut thousands of pounds off your energy bill each year.

Cooling and refrigeration

  • Avoid excessive cooling in your pub. As a rule of thumb, you should only use the air conditioning if temperatures rise above 26°C.
  • 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.


  • Energy efficient light bulbs use considerably less energy than standard ones (LED lamps 80% less, CFLs 75% less) and they also last longer.
  • Fit motion sensors to lights in rooms such as store rooms, cellars and hallways; this could reduce electricity consumption by a whopping 30-50%.
  • Staff awareness can play a huge role in reducing consumption. Establish rules, such as turning lights and appliances off when not in use, for all your staff to follow to improve your overall energy efficiency.


  • Draught proofing is often overlooked, but 35% of the heat in your pub can be lost due to draughts.
  • Wall and roof insulation could reduce heat loss by a combined total of 31%.
  • 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%.

Start saving on your pub’s electricity and gas bills

If you want to reduce the cost of your energy bills, the first 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 970 5494 to see if you can get a better deal.

Then, why not try implementing some energy 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!

See also: pub insurance from our sister site, Make it Cheaper.

*The Carbon Trust, Energy in Hospitality:

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