Restaurant and Bar Case Study

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Restaurant and Bar

La Sala is a large restaurant and bar located in Chigwell

Description

LSI has been working with this customer since they opened in 2014 and manages the procurement and energy management for their entire portfolio, which is a mixture of non-half-hourly, half hourly and gas supplies. Energy represents a large proportion of their costs and it is therefore imperative that these costs are kept to a minimum. LSI has also worked to resolve a number of queries within the portfolio and ensure that the client is kept fully up to date.

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Action

Challenge

  • La Sala had under estimated their energy usage and their supplier continued to bill based on estimates of around £30 to £50 per month
  • La Sala needed a HH meter as they were using more than 100kva so the supply needed to be upgraded to avoid fuses from blowing and equipment turning off
  • Once the new meter was installed and reading every half hour it became obvious that La Sala were using around 45,000 to 50,000kWh per month meaning their monthly bills went up to around £6,000 - their supplier was now chasing £30,000 in back billing
  • Using this much electricity for La Sala was still too much so after having the supplier confirm all equipment was working correctly LSI’s energy management team got involved

Solution

  • A full tender process was carried out to ensure that contracts were placed with the most competitive supplier
  • LSI negotiated that the new supplier would not back bill La Sala and they would start fresh from July 2015
  • LSI installed data loggers on all major equipment using electricity and confirmed that La Sala were using on average around 600,000kWh of electricity per year
  • LSI carried out a full energy audit of the site and came up with solutions, including a new “end of day” shut down list to educate staff

Result

  • LSI negotiated contracts with a single supplier with a single contract end date to align all energy purchasing
  • LSI’s negotiations in regards to the back billing saved La Sala £30,000 in historic bills
  • Following LSI’s energy audit process La Sala’s saving on electricity was huge, and has brought their energy consumption down to around 30,000 to 35,000kWh per month – saving a further £10,000 to £15,000 per year so far
  • Single point of contact at LSI who is responsible for managing the La Sala account
  • LSI deal with any queries regarding the accounts which saves the customer from having to deal with suppliers allowing them to focus on their core business
  • Regular monthly reports on Half-Hourly metered supplies
  • Continued energy management assistance to ensure that historic issues do not re-surface

Example monthly energy report

End of day shut down list

  • First Floor - Turn off ventilation board / Check lights to walk in fridge and freezer are off / Check oven and blast freezer in top kitchen are fully off / Check all fridge doors are fully closed
  • Ground Floor - Turn off oven door air heaters to reception / Turn off wall extract fan by dishwasher / Check all fridge drawers/doors are fully shut
  • Basement - (Sunday Night Only) Turn off cellar cooler

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