The hospitality industry is back open for business and powered by LPG

Monday 10th May 2021

With over a third of the population saying they plan to eat out at pubs and restaurants more than they did prior to lockdown, the leisure industry can expect to see an impact on spending habits for some time to come.

According to a recent Government survey 32% of people say they plan to spend more on eating out, with a further 29% saying they plan to spend more on domestic holidays.

Both of these figures represent a real growth opportunity for the leisure and hospitality industry, which in rural areas is often powered by LPG.

LPG is a versatile fuel which can be delivered and installed in very short time frames. It is currently used to provide heat, hot water and cooking facilities, as well as outdoor heat sources, for a number of rural pubs, restaurants, hotels, cottages and holiday parks, across the country.

For a rural pub, the cost of an LPG/bioLPG boiler is significantly less expensive than a biomass boiler or air source heat pump. Ecuity found an LPG/bioLPG boiler would have a capital cost of £5,017, a biomass boiler would have a capital cost of £41,300 (more than 700% more expensive) and an air source heat pump would cost £28,500 (more than 450% more expensive.

George Webb, CEO of Liquid Gas UK commented:

Businesses want to make cleaner energy choices in order to reduce their carbon footprint. Heat pumps are costly to install and can be very difficult to install in older properties. We know many rural pubs are housed in older buildings, so they need alternative options.

LPG and BioPLG has been found to be the most cost-effective solution for transitioning rural properties away from heating oil. Existing infrastructure can be used meaning there is little up-front cost and making it a far cheaper option than alternatives such as heat pumps.

We’re proud to be supporting the hospitality industry as we emerge from lockdown and businesses can begin to operate again. We welcome the new opportunities which lie ahead and hope to see further growth in the leisure and hospitality sector.

The trade association for the LPG and bioLPG industry in the UK