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Posted: 07/03/2023

Energy Saving Tips for Hospitality

Hospitality businesses across the country are facing a number of challenges at the moment – but the most worrying one of all is the battle for survival amidst rising energy costs.

A recent survey by the British Institute of Innkeeping found that 60% had reduced their opening hours, and 1 in 3 had reduced their opening days in a bid to reduce overheads.

Industry leaders are calling on the Government to increase their support for this essential sector, as many business owners are stating that they are at a real risk of failure. 

However, in the meantime, if you are struggling there are some actions you can take to try  and limit energy bills  Here are some of our top tips:

Check Everything

Take regular meter readings – doing it at the same time every week will make it easier to make comparisons. Submit them to your supplier if you think their estimates are wrong. 

See the Light

If you haven’t already, switch to cost-effective LED bulbs.  The initial cost may be higher per bulb but you will save on your electricity bill in the long run.  Make the most of natural light wherever you can and install lights on sensors in areas such as toilets to minimise usage. 

Keep it Cosy

No one wants to spend time in a cold draught pub so try and maintain a temperature of approximately 20 to 22 degrees.  Make sure you fix any drafts and keep doors closed to stop losing heat.  Check the efficiency of your radiators – older ones may need bleeding to keep them running efficiently.  If you are able to, a real fire in areas where your customers sit can create a warming space for those coming in from the cold.

Don’t Waste It

Commercial kitchens can be expensive to run so check the efficiency of your appliances.  Remind staff to turn off anything that is not being used.  Fridges and freezers perform better when full, so keeping them well stocked will increase their efficiency.  Some integrated EPOS systems, such as those provided by Langley Business Systems,  include full stock management systems which will help you keep track of your inventory and avoid any waste.

Make sure all vents and grills are clean and clear to keep ventilation systems more efficient, and fix any leaks or dripping taps – especially if you are on a water meter.

Champion the Cause

It can be difficult to stay on top of all of these things when you are busy running a business – so why not assign the role of Energy Champion to one of your team and encourage them to do weekly checks.  There are some great resources out there to help – check out this fantastic guide by the British Institute of Innkeeping: https://bii.org/common/Uploaded%20files/Guides/2022/March/Energy-Costs-Reduction-BII-Guide-February-2022.pdf.

We hope you have found these tips useful. Please share with your friends and colleagues and here’s hoping that there is (energy efficient LED) light at the end of the tunnel.


If you are looking for advice on online ordering systems, new EPOS systems or customer loyalty schemes please get in touch.  Our EPOS systems provide everything you need to offer an unbeatable customer experience.

For more information please email:  sales@langleybusinesssystems.co.uk or call our team on 0121 525 5566.

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