Quick-service restaurants typically have smaller energy bills, but they use up to 10 times more energy per square foot than commercial buildings, reports Forbes magazine. Simultaneously, sustainability has evolved to become a core business value, not just a benefit, and in fact, 66 percent of consumers are willing to pay more for a socially responsible product, meaning it must be environmentally responsible too. Ninety percent of millennials are willing to switch brands based on cause. In other words, they will change brands to support what they believe in, and Facility Managers need to understand how this amounts to the evolving state of the restaurant energy management trends of 2019.
Restaurant Energy Management Trends Include the Increased Use of Technology
Technology for energy management is growing more affordable than ever. Instead of complex, multi-day installations, companies can take advantage of advanced energy management platforms installed by trained third parties and with minimal disruption to guests. As the cost of implementing such systems continues to decrease, Facility Managers will likely see an increased interest in energy management solutions in their organizations. Therefore, Facility Managers should also understand the increased demand for energy-saving equipment and practices. As many as 80 percent of restaurant operators have already invested in energy-efficient lighting, and more than 40 percent use Energy Star-rated appliances, reports Green Lodging News.
Restaurants Are Starting to Consider Food Waste in Making Decisions
Connecting food waste to energy use can seem like a stretch, but wasted food amounts to wasted energy and the process of cooking it in the first place. Instead of spending energy in this way, more restaurants will leverage analytics and big data to refine portion sizes and understand why guests are consuming food. This will be a critical aspect for restaurants operating with buffet-style serving lines. Also, Facility Managers and restaurants will need to refocus their efforts to extend the time that food can be kept safely. In other words, chillers and refrigerators, as well as heat lamps and hot plates, will need greater monitoring to ensure their proper function.
Blockchain Will Enter the Restaurant Facility Management Circles
Blockchain technology is among the top buzzwords in all industries. At its core, blockchain refers to an incorruptible resource that grants authorized parties access to information as a group, enabling the continuous sharing and validation of data. Depending on the application, blockchain enhances compliance by creating an incorruptible system of record, and this is an extensively valuable tool for tracking and managing energy use. In restaurants, blockchains can be used in facilities management to track food safety, and if illness does occur, it can help reduce the spread, as well as isolate the cause.
Align Your Restaurant With These Trends
Restaurants across the country are working to reduce energy use, optimize efficiency and develop an effective energy management program for their enterprises.
As systems grow smarter, Facility Managers will be able to make decisions faster and reduce total cost of ownership by avoiding unnecessary expenses, completing preventative maintenance, and more. Find out how your organization can get a piece of the proverbial pie by visiting ENTOUCH online or calling 1-800-820-3511 today.