For an establishment in the hospitality industry, the energy consumed in the kitchen accounts for more than half of total energy consumption. But now, a project co-financed by the European Union provides free, customized reports to help in adopting measures to improve efficiency.
The actual energy consumption of a restaurant or a bar depends, to a large extent, on the dimensions of the kitchen, the equipment installed and the type of service that is offered, but in most cases the kitchen is the main area of energy consumption. In regions with hot climates, the kitchen may be responsible for up to 63 % of the total energy cost, whereas in regions with a colder climate it is near 51 %. Air conditioning and lighting generate the next highest energy consumption.
With the aim of improving efficiency in consumption and reducing the total cost of energy, the project PYME Energy Check Up, co-financed by the European Union (EU) through the Intelligent Energy Europe program, provides an online energy calculator to bars and restaurants which allows them to obtain a free and personalized diagnosis of the establishment, a report which includes potential efficiency measures that can be applied to each case.
The goal of this European project, coordinated in Spain by the Aragonese Council of Chambers of Commerce and the Center for Investigation of Resources and Energy Consumption (CIRCE), is that 1,500 Spanish small and medium sized businesses optimize their energy consumption.
By including information about their annual consumption in their most recent energy bill and by describing the characteristics of the building and equipment, the bars and restaurants will know if they are consuming more energy that other similar establishments and also the principal actions that they can implement, the approximate cost, the potential savings, and the time estimated to recover the investment.
Once the recommendations are received, the users will be able to request quotes from specialized suppliers from among the hundreds of companies that already have been authorized by the project. Also, energy experts from CIRCE will provide consulting services to 20 SMEs that request additional help because of their high level of energy consumption.
Establishments in the hospitality industry can implement various measures to reduce their energy consumption. The proposals show them how to improve efficiency in their thermal systems - heating and hot water - and lighting, as well as specific actions in the surrounding area: facades and windows on their buildings, or in professional equipment.
Some measures with high degree of applicability and high potential savings: