Savings energy costs in the pub sector

Pubs are struggling to convert sales growth into profit growth due to rising costs, according to the latest Pub Market Report survey from the industry’s newspaper the Publican’s Morning Advertiser.

While 44 per cent of publicans surveyed reported an increase in turnover in the past year, more than 32 per cent reported a fall. Meanwhile, 36 per cent saw an increase in profit and more than 40% recorded a decline.

One of the key issues affecting the pubs market is rising costs – especially utilities, a stagnant economy and competition from cheap supermarket alcohol.

Not surprisingly one of the biggest price increases they have had to deal with has been utility costs – with 35 per cent of publicans claiming that gas and electricity bills are one of their biggest expenditures.

It’s no surprise then that Compliance365 is increasingly working with a range of pub companies to help them reduce their energy bills. Compliance365 is one of the largest energy audit and Energy Performance Certification (EPC) providers in the UK pub sector working with some of the biggest pub companies in Britain.

Compliance365’s cost effective Pub Energy Audits quickly set an energy baseline for a pub.

Compliance365 has an established Energy Audit methodology that allows our Energy Assessors to capture and document a pub building’s energy footprint and details the energy consumption to this audit for completeness.

The pub’s data is then input into Compliance365 database to create a Building Modelling and Energy Reduction simulation. This creates a 'what if' scenario analysis to accurately predict the genuine energy consumption impact of any remedial changes to the building fabric and any new equipment installed. Compliance365 can also use this data to assess the new EPC rating impact of these changes.

Compliance365’s consultants can quickly identify 'quick win' low cost investments which would help pub groups significantly cut energy costs. Our recommendations could also be rolled out across similar buildings in a pub company's estate.

As a matter of course Compliance365 advised all pub companies that this should be performed prior to and in support of investment decisions to generate a genuine return on investment based upon the specific properties of each building.

In one resent case Compliance365’s review of a pub identified five remedial actions which could generate an annual 24 per cent saving of more than £4,800 a year on energy costs.

These included the installation of an air source heat pump to replace electric heaters; the introduction of lighting sensors and controls; secondary glazing; insulation in the roof space and the installation of a biomass boiler.

Each remedial installation has generated the following annual savings:

Estimated Annual Savings
Air Source Heat Pump
Secondary Glazing
Light Sensor & controls

To find out more about our service contact us 0844 32 70 365 or email us at  or visit the website.


Compliance365 is an independent energy consultancy. We provide advice and guidance on all our services; how to save energy; how to save money on your energy bills; and ultimately how to become more energy efficient. Our aim is to be as cost effective and flexible as possible for our clients.

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