In a world of uncertain energy costs and environmental concerns among business, energy consumption in hotels has become a major issue. To ensure hotel sustainability in areas like heating, cooling, lighting, and water use, it is crucial to use sound conservation practices. In most cases, hotels need a trusted energy partner to also help navigate and control costs with smart energy procurement strategies. Regardless of the direction you take, we’ll guide you through some actionable strategies that hotel managers can put in place today!

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Hotel Energy Consumption Statistics

The amount of energy that a hotel will typically consume every month could seem staggering. For example, packaged terminal air conditioners (PTAC) account for nearly half of all energy consumption throughout a hotel in the span of a given month. Resistance heating accounts for one fourth of hotel energy expenses. With proper hotel energy saving solutions, you can seriously reduce your monthly energy costs:

You can save even more on your monthly expenses by enacting energy conservation practices.

Energy-Saving Tips for Hotel Managers

Hotel energy saving solutions can be used in many areas on your property, from the central heating and cooling system to the lights and water supply. Energy efficiency can also be enhanced with some of today’s cutting-edge solutions and smart technology options. The following energy tips for hotels could help you decrease overhead and increase profits:

1. Install Thermostats
2. Insulate the Pipework
3. Repair Leaky Taps
4. Switch to LED Lights
5. Reduce Settings on Air Conditioner
6. Install Light Sensors
7. Enact Smart Climate Control
8. Install Air Source Heat Pumps
9. Use Smart Lighting Technology
10. Consider Solar Panel Technology

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Hotel Energy Best Practices

In addition to the tips that can help you save energy, your hotel should be monitored and inspected periodically for energy waste. With the following energy management best practices, you could save a lot of money each year:

1. Set Heating Limits

Hotels often waste energy due to the simultaneous use of heating and cooling systems. To prevent this from happening, deactivate the heating whenever the temperature reaches 70 F. Also, you can usually set the temperatures in the back of the building to a lower level than the temperatures in the front of the building.

2. Monitor Your Heating

One of the most wasteful energy practices among hotel managers is to overheat an entire hotel building around the clock. This can be especially wasteful in the corridor areas where guests move fleetingly, and even more so in the units where guests can set temperatures to their own personal liking. To save energy, reduce the heat in these areas to between 66 and 70 F, and allow guests to make their own adjustments.

3. Reduce Settings on Hot Water Tank

Keep the hot water tank set to around 140 F. At that temperature, guests can enjoy comfortable hot water in the sinks and showers while the building as a whole conserves energy. That temperature setting is also ideal for sanitary reasons. For example, legionella bacteria will not survive in water that hot.

4. Install Spray Faucets

Faucets that pour water unleash more water per second than faucets that spray water. To conserve water throughout your hotel, have the sink and shower faucets in each unit equipped with spray taps. This will also conserve energy because less hot water will flow from the faucets during each use.

5. Monitor Fridges

Fridges can also be a major source of energy consumption, especially if the settings are so low the contents become frozen. To avoid this problem, defrost the fridges in your hotel regularly. Inspect the seals on fridges and cold rooms and clean out evaporators and condensers periodically. Of course, fridge doors should only be open when items are being taken out or placed inside. Otherwise, the doors on fridges should be closed. Keep the doors on each fridge in your hotel closed as much as possible.

When the time arrives for a new fridge, select a unit with maximum energy efficiency. As you shop around, check the grade on each prospective fridge and only select from A-rate models. If you can find an A++ model, go for that, as you will ultimately save more in terms of energy consumption in the long run.

6. Install Automatic Shutdown Sockets

One cause of energy consumption that often goes unnoticed is the vampire power draw, where connected yet inactive devices still draw power from their energy source. Throughout a hotel, any given unit could have several plugged-in devices in energy-save or standby mode. However, these devices are still consuming energy that can add up significantly every month. One solution to this problem is the automatic shutdown socket, which shuts off energy supplies to inactive devices. The auto-socket works as a smart outlet, detecting when a given device is active or dormant.

7. Enact Predictive Monitoring

In addition to the various smart options for hotel heating, cooling, lighting and power systems, hotels can also save on energy costs with predictive monitoring, which tracks the performance of major systems. With predictive monitoring, each system is tracked for its ongoing performance quality. As equipment incur wear and tear, predictive monitoring notes these changes and alerts you when equipment needs maintenance. This way, you can know in advance when your HVAC or lighting system is showing the warning signs of fatigue.

Predictive monitoring makes it possible to budget for maintenance more effectively because you will know when a system needs to be serviced, thus preventing unexpected and costly breakdowns and system failures.

8. Use Smart Water Management

When it comes to energy conservation, a hotel’s water supply is generally only thought of in terms of how much energy is consumed to heat water in sinks and showers. However, there are more things you can do to reduce the costs that stem from water consumption. For example, leaky faucets and running toilets can be wasteful drains on your water supply. If several toilets are running nonstop throughout your hotel, you could incur hundreds in annual water costs. It is, therefore, crucial to engage in smart water management. Monitor faucets and toilets for issues such as wasteful running and have any problems serviced immediately by a maintenance professional.

9. Find a Good Energy Partner

Hotel Managers need a trustworthy energy supplier that will partner with them to lower operating costs by creating and executing an impactful energy procurement strategy. We are not always able to change the source of energy, but working with a professional will help you establish the best solution for your current utilities in an effort to make energy costs affordable. A good commercial energy company can help you develop a plan to tackle this initiative.

How to Create an Efficient Hotel Energy Plan

To make energy conservation practices habit-forming and effective among your staff, you need to have an efficient energy plan. Use the following steps to build your energy plan:

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