Simple Ways to Reduce Pub Running Costs

All pubs use water – and plenty of it.

Whilst British weather suggests there’s such an abundance of water that it ought to be free, sadly it isn’t. In fact, reducing your water usage is a good way of trimming the running costs of your pub.

There are numerous ways of reducing the water bill for your business. Fixing that dripping tap in the toilets could save you 9 litres of water per day and probably only requires a washer.

Other maintenance, such as re-setting the run-time for push button taps and improving lagging on hot water pipes can all help to reduce your water costs.

The flush-cycle on the urinals is a great example of a simple water saving – by making sure they flush efficiently and only operate during business hours, you can reduce the amount of water they use by up to 80%.

Another effective way of saving money your water bills and consumption is to clean your beer lines less often. The trick is to do this without making your beer taste bad.

Reduce Your Water Costs and Save Beer:

How much water do you waste when cleaning your lines – especially that final flush through to make sure all the detergent is gone and the beer will taste like it should.

By using a StayClean device to extend the period between your beer line cleans, you could easily reduce your water costs associated to this task by 75%. If you have long beer lines or lots of products on tap, this can result in some major savings on your water bill.

You can also save 75% of the beer you would usually waste cleaning your lines – which is a nice side benefit and boost to your profits.

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Save Money On Your Pub’s Water Bill:

Minimising the amount of water you use and waste will reduce the volume of water you consume and therefore save you money on your bills.

However, with the opening up of the water market in 2017, pubs are now able to select their water supplier, rather simply having to use the local provider. This has created greater price competition in the sector, enabling pubs to look around for better deals and achieve even greater savings on the water bill.

Scotland took this move back in 2008 and pubs are now reporting that they are able to reduce their overall water costs by up to 25% as the market has matured.

Further moves by some PubCos have seen these major consumers taking on self-supply status. Through partnering with specialists, such as market intermediaries and meter reading providers, these businesses have seen massive reductions in their wholesale costs and usage. Unfortunately this option isn’t really open to Don and Wendy at the local Dog and Duck.

See Part 2 of this article: Ways to Reduce Your Water Use Bill

Regulatory Obligations:

Saving water in your pub business is not just about saving you money and reducing your operational costs. The Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations 1999 are specifically designed to prevent misuse, waste, undue consumption or incorrect measurement of water and, most importantly, to prevent the contamination of drinking water supplies.

These regulations place a direct responsibility on all water users to ensure the integrity of their plumbing systems and make every effort to ensure that water is not wasted. The regulations also set legal requirement for the design, installation, operation and maintenance of plumbing systems, water fittings and water-using appliances.

The regulations apply to all properties with a water supply provided by a water company and relate to all pipework and systems from the point where the supply enters the property – generally at the stop-tap at the property boundary.

Save Water – Save the World:

Whilst the amount of rain we receive in the UK may seem to call this in to doubt; water is a precious resource and wasting it has negative environmental impacts. In the UK, all of the water we use from water supply companies has been treated. This requires power to drive the plant, as well as the use of chemicals in the process. So, even in a country that gets more than its fair share of water from the skies, reducing consumption still helps the environment.