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Energy and gas costs continue to rise, leaving businesses like cafes, restaurants, pubs, food suppliers and accommodation providers feeling financially strained.
The good news is that hospitality businesses can significantly reduce their energy bills by becoming more energy efficient.
Reducing energy use in your business can:
The figures on this page come from our Boosting Business Productivity program. We worked with more than 300 businesses to explore their energy use and minimise their energy cost.
First, understand where your business is using the most energy, so you can find ways to reduce and save.
In the hospitality industry, common areas that use the most energy are:
Learn how to measure your current energy use.
Timers can take the effort out of training staff to manually switch appliances off overnight.
Use timers to switch off appliances like:
On average, hospitality businesses installing timers to appliances found they:
Upgrading your old refrigeration equipment to more energy efficient ones can decrease your energy use and significantly help the environment.
When upgrading your equipment, look for the energy rating label.
It helps to regularly maintain your refrigeration, look for:
Find more ways to maintain your refrigeration system.
On average, hospitality businesses upgrading and maintaining their refrigeration found they:
Ways to reduce energy in your kitchen are:
Gas appliances are usually cheaper to run but are less energy efficient compared to induction cooktops. Gas cooking releases more heat into the air, requiring increased ventilation and cooling.
To increase the efficiency of your oven:
On average, hospitality using and maintaining their cooking equipment more efficiently found they:
Dishwashers can consume a large portion of hospitality business’ energy because they use a large amount of energy to heat water.
To increase the efficiency of your dishwasher, make sure you:
On average, hospitality businesses using dishwasher more efficiently found they:
LED lighting is more than 60% more efficient than fluorescent and halogen lighting. LED lighting also needs less maintenance.
On average, hospitality businesses upgrading to LED lighting found they:
Managing the way you heat and cool your space can reduce your energy bill by up to 50%. Especially for hospitality businesses that need to cool down a hot kitchen.
Set the thermostat to:
One degree higher or lower can add 5–10% to your heating and cooling bill.
Limit heat entry or loss through:
On average, hospitality businesses managing heating and cooling more efficiently found they:
Find more ways to manage heating and cooling.
You can switch to renewable energy by:
To get the most competitive offer for renewable energy, compare electricity and gas providers.
Download the Clean Energy Council guide to installing solar (PDF, 1.6MB).
For help investing in solar, you can get finance. Environmental Upgrade Finance allows you or your building owner to borrow money from a financier to install solar on your site. You then make repayments through your local council rates system.
Find out more about Environmental Upgrade Finance.
On average, hospitality businesses switching to renewable energy found they:
The average hospitality business throws away more than 100kg of food every week. Half of which could have been prevented.
But it’s not just about wasting food. It’s a waste of money, time, resources and it piles up in landfill creating harmful greenhouse gases.
Sign up to our Love Food Hate Waste program to:
Hire a professional energy consultant to review your energy bills and the way your business operates. They’ll identify where you’re losing energy and what you can do about it.
Through our Boosting Business Productivity program, on average, a business in the hospitality industry:
Find an energy auditor near you.
Our energy upgrade tool does the hard work for you. It recommends opportunities and funding options, and calculates return on investment for your business.
Use the energy upgrade tool.
You may be eligible for discounted energy-efficiency products and services, through the Victorian Energy Upgrade program.
To get started, contact an accredited provider.
Then, you can pay for the remaining cost with energy-specific finance.
We’ll send you the latest sustainability information, tailored for business, including: