Restaurants are the largest consumers of energy in the commercial sector. Reducing energy consumption in restaurants starts with the kitchen, where energy consumed per square foot is five times higher than the rest of the space. There are all sorts of things that restaurants can do to reduce energy consumption. The most impactful change is equipping the kitchen with ENERGY STAR appliances. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, commercial buildings equipped with ENERGY STAR appliances consume 40% less energy than those without. Minor behavioral changes, like turning off lights, hoods, ranges, signs and fans when not in use, can make a major difference.
Beyond the kitchen, major steps toward energy efficiency can be taken by replacing conventional lighting with LED lighting. Lights account for 13% of a restaurant’s energy usage, and LED lights use 75% less energy, last between 10 and 50 times longer than conventional lighting options, and are friendlier for the planet.
Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurants demonstrate their commitment to the environment by taking steps toward energy efficiency. These efforts are doubly beneficial because they also help these businesses save money. Energy cost accounts for 30% of a typical restaurant’s annual budget, so major steps to save energy also impacts the bottom line of the restaurant—saving 20% on energy can increase a restaurant’s profit margins by as much as one third.