5 Ways for hotels to be more energy efficient
Making your hotel greener does not mean planting a plush lawn anymore. Green has become a byword for using renewable energy sources or using your energy more efficiently, to cut down on your carbon footprint and to become more environmentally conscious. Green is certainly the new black.
Thankfully going green is surprisingly easy and the fact that you can save a lot of money by implementing these steps is the proverbial cherry on the cake. According to the Carbon trust, the average hotel can save up to 20% on their utility bills by thinking critically about energy consumption.
By measuring energy efficiently you will not only save money but your hotel might earn some extra reputation points with Joe Public, as the average consumer is becoming more enlightened about energy conservation.
Here is some handy energy saving tips to point you in the right direction:
By changing to LED’s and compact fluorescent tubes you will cut down on your energy bill quite considerably. The newer light bulbs also lasts up to eight times longer than their predecessors. They also produce less heat, which will help with the cooling of the building.
Install sensors that will be able to detect if a room is occupied and that turns the lights off, when the room is not in use.
Avoid using air conditioning if the temperature has not exceeded 23°C. A big mistake that a lot hotels make is using the heating and the cooling at the same time.
Using a system that controls and monitors heating, ventilation and air conditioning will also reduce energy consumption.
Overheating bedrooms and corridors are not only expensive but it can be uncomfortable for quests also ensure that when you install thermostats that they are not influenced by outside factors like sunlight.
Boilers should be serviced regularly and make sure that the pipes leading to the rooms are well insulated.
Regular defrosting and maintenance is essential, keeping a close eye on seals and making sure that evaporators and condensers are kept clean.
Try to buy the most efficient equipment with an A++ rating, which will ensure the lowest possible energy usage. Opening of fridge doors should be kept to a minimum and the fridges or cold rooms must not be close to heat sources.
Water should not be heated above 60°C, the water will still be comfortable as well kill legionella bacteria.
Fitting spray taps will also use a lot less water and will save on energy costs, leaking taps should be fixed promptly and as previously mentioned pipers must be well insulated.
By implementing these, you will an see an immediate reduction on your utility bills.
Power-Star can assist you with energy measurement and management services.