When it comes to saving water, there’s a wealth of information available for those trying to lower their water usage at home. Despite this, restaurants, bars and cafés have little information available on how they can reduce their water usage.
With the average North American restaurant using 5,800 gallons of water each and every year, reducing your bar, café or restaurant’s water consumption by as little as 10 percent can make a significant difference to the environment.
It can also result in a significant reduction in your water bill. Although water isn’t a major expense for most businesses, reducing expenses is something that just about every business can benefit from.
In this blog post, we’ll share five simple water conservation tips for restaurants and other hospitality businesses, all of which can be put into action immediately at very little cost.
Install faucet aerators
Most restaurants have several faucets that are frequently in use, from those in the kitchen to faucets in bathrooms. Installing aerators reduces the quantity of water that flows out of each faucet without compromising their functionality.
By aerating the water that flows out of the faucet, you get the same useful flow of water with half of the usual water consumption. Aerators are inexpensive, easy to install and an ideal first step in your water-saving efforts.
Fully load your dishwasher
Many bars and restaurants use their dishwashers even when they’re less than half full. This might result in clean dishes and a clean kitchen, but it massively increases the amount of water that’s used to clean each individual dish.
Reduce the amount of water you use to clean your dishes by waiting until your dish rack is fully loaded before switching it on. Commercial dishwashers can easily clean full dish racks without any reduction in efficacy, all while helping you save water.
Use your fridge to thaw food
Many restaurants thaw food rapidly by placing it under running water, often in an effort to avoid occupying a frequently used microwave. This technique is great for thawing frozen food items, but hugely wasteful when it comes to water.
Instead of thawing food under a flowing faucet, place food items that need to thaw out in the fridge overnight. By the next morning, you’ll have the same access to key cooking ingredients without using any water at all.
Use Energy Star appliances
Not all commercial kitchen appliances are equally efficient. Some are designed with simplicity and affordable manufacturing in mind, and use significantly more water – as well as significantly more energy – to complete their job.
Make sure your kitchen is energy efficient by purchasing appliances that feature the Energy Star sticker. These appliances are tested and certified as being as efficient as possible in terms of energy and water usage.
Fix leaks as soon as they appear
Over the course of a day, a leaking faucet might only use a liter or two of water. Over the course of a year, however, that leaky faucet could cost your business $500 due to its water consumption.
If you notice a leaking faucet or broken pipe, call a professional plumber and have it either fixed or repaired as soon as possible. The small cost of the repair will be much lower than the cost of a year’s worth of wasted water from a leaky faucet.