Business Energy for Pubs

Understanding your Energy Contracts

It is highly likely, if not inevitable, that your pub is consuming energy in high volumes. And a high level of consumption will always equate to a high energy bill.

There are lots of appliances suckling on your pubs energy supply; examples of those appliances are lighting, refrigeration, heating, ventilation, and water.

Because your pub will need a large supply of energy to keep it functioning from day to day, it is important you ensure that you are not paying too much for the privilege.

The Details

As a SME you will be paying a price per unit (kWh) for your energy plus a daily standing charge.

You will probably be on a fixed term contract. This contract can last between one to five years – which means that you need to make sure you are locked into a deal that is not ever so discretely promising to break your bank over this fixed-term period. The actual price you pay will fluctuate regardless of your ‘fixed deal arrangement’ anyway. The more energy you use, the more frequently those large figures will make appearances on your bills.

A Breakdown of the Bill

Here is a broken down summary of where those figures on your bill come from- because as much as it may seem so, they are not just conjured.

  • Value Added Tax (VAT)
  • Climate Change Levy (CCL)- Government Imposed Tax
  • Wholesale Costs
  • Operational Costs
  • Network Costs

Especially in the current climate, understand how vital it is for you make sure you are not paying over the odds for your energy. This is why we have put together some energy savings tips.

How to make those Numbers Roll Back

According to a study conducted by Carbon Trust, pubs and hospitality establishments could be saving up to 20% on their energy bills by introducing more energy efficient measures.

Efficiency Tips

Hot Water
  • Insulate all hot water pipes.
  • Make sure your stored hot water is not hotter than 60c.
  • Spray taps use less energy and hot water – installing them could work to reduce your costs.
  • Always Repair those Leaky Taps Pronto!
Heating, Air con, and Ventilation
  • Only use air con when essential. It is not needed below 24-26c.
  • Do not over heat your premise.
  • Service your boilers frequently – they should always be working at their optimum efficiency.
  • Make sure your extraction hoods are turned off when they are not being used.
  • Do not forget to close those fridge doors… you’ll practically be able to watch your energy bills getting higher as they float out in the icy vapour.
  • Regularly check your refrigerators door seals.
  • Always turn off fridges when you do not having anything inside that needs to be kept cool.
  • Refrigerators that are A-rated or even better A++ rated use the least energy.
  • Energy efficient lighting is the way to go. LED lamps and florescent lights use on average 80% less than standard ones. They also give off a lot less heat than standard ones, allowing you to crank down your air con and save money on that too.

We would love to hear from you. If you want to save money, time and hassle on your utilities, get in touch and have a chat with one of our energy experts.

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