If you run a salon in the sunbed industry, you’ll be aware that most of your energy consumption is accounted for by your sunbeds. So, it’s crucial that you know the amount of energy your sunbeds are using.
How much electricity a sunbed uses depends on several factors. This includes its wattage, how many lamps it has, and how long the tanning sessions are. The majority of commercial sunbeds use around 1,500 to 2,000 watts of electricity.
You may be surprised to learn that this is only about the same amount of wattage as a toaster or kettle. Home tanning beds tend to use less electricity than commercial ones. On average, tanning sessions last between 2 to 15 minutes.
The amount of time that customers spend in a tanning booth has declined in recent years. This is largely due to more awareness about the risks of skin cancer.
It’s difficult to come up with a definite answer for the amount of energy a sunbed business will use. This is because sunbeds usually have between 8 to 20 lamps. These lamps will be turned on for different lengths of time and use a widely varying amount of energy.
Energy consumption in tanning salons will also vary depending on the length of your customers’ tanning sessions. The power rating of your sunbeds will also have a big effect on energy consumption.
Within the sunbed industry, the standard measurement for the energy consumption of sunbeds is 85 kWh per 1,000 hours of use. 1 kWh is the same as 1 kW used for 1 hour.
So, let’s look at an example.
Let’s say you used a 4-lamp sunbed every day for a year. Let’s also say that you use it for 3 hours each day. The calculation would be 85 kWh x 1000 x 365. This would work out at 31 MWh of electricity over the course of a year.
Around o.1 kWh of electricity is used for a 10-minute session in a sunbed. With current electricity prices, that works out to £0.02 for a 10-minute session.
They state that the energy costs of producing a meal in a snack bar are 5p per meal. In a steakhouse, this goes up to 22p per meal, and in a hotel restaurant, it’s 45p per meal.