In a report released by the Energy Efficiency Scheme (EEF) it's estimated that UK hospitality businesses are spending £180m more on energy than they need to.   The CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme (or simply ‘the CRC’) is a mandatory scheme aimed at improving energy efficiency and cutting emissions in large public and private sector organisations. These organisations are responsible for around 10% of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions. This latest report has singled out hotels and bars, suggesting they are running up unnecessarily large bills due to old inefficient technology, equipment and processes. The EEF called for savings to be made across the industry, sighting potential areas for energy saving include ventilation, cooling, heating and lighting. The Foster EcoPro G2 range of energy efficient commercial refrigerators and freezers offer excellent options for huge energy savings. Separate research suggests that energy used in catering accounts for between 4% and 6% of operating profits, so savings made in this area can directly improve profitability without the need to increase sales. Similarly, regularly cleaning ventilation systems can increase efficiency by as much as 25% compared with unmaintained systems again directly improving profitability without generating any extra revenue. Through the EEF scheme, all businesses using over 6,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) of electricity must register with the CRC Registry and thereafter comply legally with the scheme - this entails monitoring their energy use, and reporting their energy supplies annually - or face financial and other penalties. Businesses that have been trading for three or more years can apply for finance support, with payments calculated so that they can be offset by anticipated energy savings.