• Home
    Home We Serve America's Restaurants Representing nearly 500,000 restaurant businesses, we advocate for restaurant and foodservice industry interests and provide tools and systems that help members of all sizes achieve success.
  • Foundation
    Foundation Building & Retaining Talent The NRAEF is focused on developing a stronger workforce and building the next generation of industry leaders through education, scholarships and community engagement.
  • Show
    Show May 18-21, 2019 As the international foodservice marketplace, the National Restaurant Association Show provides unparalleled opportunities for buyers and sellers to come together, conduct business and learn from each other.
  • ServSafe
    ServSafe Minimize Risk. Maximize Protection. For over 40 years, ServSafe® training programs have delivered the knowledge, leadership and protection that have earned the trust and confidence of business leaders everywhere.

National Restaurant Association - 'Pop quiz' reveals how restaurants can improve energy efficiency, save money

Skip to navigation Skip to content

News & Research

Email Print
News RSS

'Pop quiz' reveals how restaurants can improve energy efficiency, save money

NRA Show attendees who packed an education session on the National Restaurant Association's new green guidance program were surprised with a pop quiz on the ways restaurants routinely waste money.

Richard Young and Don Fisher of California’s Food Service Technology Center led the audience through a series of questions about maintenance practices, energy efficiency, and water conservation.

For example, they asked operators how many times they paid for a drop of hot water. The correct answer, as revealed by Young: three times. A restaurant shells out money for the water and the fuel to heat it, then pays a third time for sewer service.

Allowing that water to be wasted through leaks or faucet drips can be a significant drain on profits, the pair stressed. Fisher cited the example of a fine-dining restaurant that had a leak at its pasta station. The maintenance shortcoming cost the place $10,000 in a year, he said.

After leading the audience through a series of questions, Young and Fisher walked the attendees through the NRA’s new Conserve on-line resource for restaurateurs who want to “green” their operations.

The site allows operators to zero in on specific areas of their operation where they could save money through water or energy conservation. Short videos show the visitors how they can realize those savings.

Operators can track what steps they’ve taken, and they can allow that information to be viewed by consumers, who can use the site as a means of finding restaurants in their area.

Conserve RSS Healthcare RSS Conserve RSS

▲ Back to Top

We're glad you're here!®

® 2012-2017 National Restaurant Association. All rights reserved.

2055 L St. NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036
(202) 331-5900 | (800) 424-5156