Hot water, lighting and numerous electrical appliances: the energy consumption in a hairdressing salon is not exactly low. Electricity, water and heating can be real money guzzlers in your salon – especially with the currently high energy prices. So it’s high time to take a closer look at your hairdressing salon: where do you waste the most energy and where can you easily save costs?
Saving energy: where is the best place to start?
The average hair salon uses 25,000 kilowatt hours of energy every year – that’s a lot, which of course also costs a lot. According to the energy transition and climate protection initiative for medium-sized companies , a hairdressing salon pays an average of 3,000 euros per year for energy.
What’s the most use for now? The number one energy guzzler is…tadaaa: the heating! 30% of energy costs in the average salon go to heating. So there is a lot of savings potential here. It’s a similar story with the lighting: Around 25 percent of the energy costs are caused by the lighting in the salon – this can also be worked on. Then there are hairdryers and the like (18%), washing machines, dryers and refrigerators (13%), hot water energy consumption (11%) and finally ventilation, exhaust air and air conditioning (3%).
How is your salon doing?
Saving energy is a very individual thing. Each hair salon heats, blow-dryes and finally washes under different conditions. Maybe the building where you have your salon is already well insulated, so there is a washing machine from 1980 in the basement. In other salons, the water may be left running unnecessarily long, but the lamps are already equipped with LEDs. In short: Before you start thinking about energy saving measures, you should take stock of the situation. You can get help from a professional energy consultant (energy consultations are sometimes also funded) or record and evaluate consumption and costs yourself. For example, the e-tool of the SME initiative offers the opportunity to record company-specific energy data, analyze energy sources and thus uncover approaches for optimization free of charge.
To find out quickly where you stand with your salon in terms of energy, you can also calculate an energy figure from consumption and the number of square meters in your salon. To do this, divide your annual electricity consumption in kWh by the square footage of your salon area. According to SWH.EVH , the average consumption of a hairdressing salon is 120 to 189 kWh per square meter per year.
This is how you save energy
Now it’s getting concrete! Once you’ve uncovered the energy offenders in your salon, you can start implementing specific actions.
Clearly: A hairdressing salon should be bright and friendly . Saving on the lighting and then only being able to feel the comb and scissors makes little sense. However, a first step would be to replace all old lamps with LED lights, as these are much more energy-efficient. Motion detectors in toilets or lounges can also be useful – so nobody can forget to turn off the light.
In principle, you should not heat sparingly – after all, your customers should feel comfortable with you. In most cases, however, you can work on heating efficiency. Vestibules, self-closing doors, high-quality windows and good thermal insulation can save you a lot on heating costs. You should also make sure that your heater is serviced regularly.
In order not to use up too much water unnecessarily, you can use aerators or economy regulators. With these attachments for the faucet you save a lot of water – and therefore also money. In addition, if you make the use of towels and the washing machine in your salon more efficient, you can also save water. For example, you can really only use one towel per customer, buy slightly thinner or narrower towels and make sure that the washing machine is only turned on when it is completely full.
When buying new electronic devices, you should make sure that they ideally carry the A label – this corresponds to the best class of the new energy labels that have been in existence since March 2021. A+++ no longer exists, now it’s devices with the A label that run the most energy-efficiently. It is also worth cleaning equipment such as hair dryers or drying hoods regularly. The dust filters are particularly important here. And, of course, the following applies: leaving devices running in standby mode costs an unnecessary amount of energy, which you can easily save.
No matter how sophisticated your energy saving measures may be – if your employees do not know and implement them, they are all useless. It is therefore important that you create awareness of energy saving among your employees. Regular training and small reminders at the workplace can help to actually implement the measures that have been decided.
Do you not only want to save energy, but also time? Then we also have a very hot tip for you: Book an appointment online! While your customers conveniently book their appointments online, you have more time to take care of your customers on site – without being constantly interrupted by a ringing phone. And you’re in luck: the right software is just a click away!