What uses the most energy in restaurants
Electricity End Uses
Natural Gas End Uses
What's costing restaurants the most
|Average Electric Cost/Month
|Average Gas Cost/Month
|Energy Savings Potential
|Space Heating, Cooling and Ventilation
Ways to Save
Cooking equipment is the second largest energy user within restaurants. The average restaurant will spend $407 per month in total cooking costs alone! There are a variety of methods to lower this cost.
- Simple: Turn cooking equipment off during idle time.
- Low cost: Ensure all equipment is maintained and functioning properly. Install electric igniters on gas stoves.
- Capital investment: Upgrade to ENERGY STAR certified equipment, such as ENERGY STAR ovens, fryers, steamers, hot food holding cabinets, rice cookers and hoods.
A typical restaurant’s refrigeration equipment is its largest energy user, costing $410 per month on average. The tips and recommendations below can help you save almost a third of this cost.
- Simple: Check and replace seals around walk-in coolers and freezers.
- Low cost: Service your refrigeration equipment every two years.
- Capital investment: Upgrade old reciprocating compressors to high-efficiency, variable-speed scroll compressors. Upgrade to ENERGY STAR reach-in refrigerators and freezers.
Heating and cooling equipment is one of the top three energy users in a restaurant. Temperature control for both the kitchen and dining areas is important for comfort but uses significant energy.
- Simple: Seal around windows and doors with new caulk and weather stripping every few years.
- Low cost: Service equipment and change filters regularly. Install motion sensors to turn off range hood fans when not in use, and ensure the fans are positioned properly above the cooking equipment.
- Capital investment: Replace older systems, such as air conditioners, furnaces and boilers, with high-efficiency models and add insulation.
Cooking and cleaning require a lot of hot water, which is why even a simple change in the water heater temperature can reap large benefits – each 10°F reduction in water heater temperature can save 3-5% in water heating costs.
- Simple: Lower your water heater temperature to 120°F and install low flow faucet aerators and pre-rinse spray valves.
- Low cost: Install a water heater jacket on tank-type water heaters and add pipe insulation to all accessible hot water piping.
- Capital investment: Replace older water heaters with high-efficiency models; tankless water heaters save even more by reducing stand-by heat loss. Replace dishwashers with ENERGY STAR certified models.
Changing lighting does not have to impact ambience or lighting quality; LEDs are available in dimmable options. A simple switch from incandescent lights to LEDs can reduce your monthly lighting costs from $63 to $16!
- Simple: Turn lights off when a space is not in use.
- Low cost: Replace incandescent and fluorescent bulbs with LED bulbs. Install motion sensors in restrooms or other less used rooms to turn off lights automatically.
- Capital investment: Replace existing lighting fixtures such as fluorescent and high-intensity discharge with LED fixtures.
See how your restaurant compares
Average EUI for Restaurants in the Midwest
43.0 kWh/square foot
1.67 therms/square foot