Energy efficiency means using less energy to perform the same functions. This can be achieved by introducing energy saving practices. Sometimes, these practices require coffee house owners to install special equipment or to upgrade their venue’s insulation.
Some of these investments might sound expensive, but in the long run, they benefit venue owners and cut their energy bills by around 20%.
Fridges and freezers are significant energy consumers. Although coffee houses use much less energy for refrigeration than restaurants and fast food joints, this process still takes a huge part of their budget.
Energy consumption of fridges and freezers can be reduced by implementation of these simple measures:
- Conducting regular on-schedule maintenance, which should include defrost procedures;
- Conducting regular checks and replacements of door seals on cold rooms, fridges and freezers;
- Cleaning and dusting condensers and evaporators on a regular basis;
- Since over-stacking increases fridges’ and freezers’ energy consumption, canned drinks and other nonperishable products should be taken out of the fridges and stored in cold rooms.
Hiring a lighting designer is the best way to ensure that a coffee house space is equipped with an energy saving lighting system.
Entrepreneurs who pay rent, and who are not allowed to make drastic changes in their venue’s lighting scheme, can introduce a wide variety of other energy saving measures, which may reduce lighting costs by more than 50%. These measures include:
- Installation of compact fluorescent bulbs or LED lamps instead of standard light bulbs, because they use up to 75% less energy;
- Introduction of a ‘switch off’ policy in unoccupied ‘employee only’ areas and toilets;
- Installation of light sensors to make more use of natural daylight;
- Installation of light timers and motion detectors in restricted areas and toilets;
- Conducting regular lighting maintenance and keeping windows and light fittings clean.
Preventing unnecessary air loss is crucial in order to maintain the desired indoor temperature. Ventilated and heating system energy is wasted when hot or cold air escapes through badly insulated doors, windows and fabric. In order to improve coffee houses’ insulation, owners should:
- Insulate all exterior walls, floors and ceilings;
- Seal all air penetrations, including: wires, pipes and electrical outlets;
- Improve window glazing. Double-glazed windows offer much better thermal insulation in addition to their noise reduction feature;
- Keep windows and doors closed.
Heating, ventilation and air-conditioning
Use of appropriate heating, ventilation and air-conditioning equipment may decrease the energy consumption of these processes by more than 30%. Coffee house owners should:
- Reduce or increase overall temperature by a few degrees. Guests won’t notice such a small temperature change, and heating and air-conditioning system will use up to 10% less energy;
- Turn heating and air-conditioning off in unoccupied areas;
- Adjust heating and air-conditioning levels in accordance with outside temperatures;
- Install advanced thermostats in heating and air-conditioning systems, which shouldn’t be influenced by direct sunlight or draught;
- Conduct regular maintenance of heating, air-conditioning and ventilation systems;
- Clean air filters and air duct fans in air conditioning and ventilation systems on a regular basis;
Sustainable water management includes reduction of cold water use, as well as introduction of sustainable water heating practices, in order to decrease overall energy consumption. These are some of the measures coffee house owners can implement:
- Wrapping hot water tanks in 3-inch thick insulating jacket. This way water-heating energy consumption can be reduced by over 30%;
- Insulating all hot water pipes;
- Installation of tap controls in toilets and behind the bar;
- Installation of spray taps in toilets;
- Installation of urinal and toilet flush controls.
Increasing energy efficiency brings many benefits to coffee house venues. It benefits venue owners in the long run, and leaves them with additional funds, which they can use for further business development.
Sustainable coffee house management can also benefit venue’s marketing strategy. Many coffee house owners decide to follow Starbucks’ practices and green marketing concept, which is great for targeting millennials and people with healthy and responsible lifestyles.
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