5 Areas For Hotels To Cut Costs Through Energy Efficiency
Cutting your Hotel’s carbon footprint is not only invaluable marketing leverage, but it will also cut your costs. Optimizing your energy usage and implementing reduction measures can be done through simple and inexpensive solutions.
1.LightingChanging your existing light bulbs to energy efficient and eco-friendly LEDs will cut down your energy bill considerably. They will last an average of 10-20 years depending on how they are used and consume 50-80% less energy than incandescents. LEDs also emit less heat, which will save you in temperature moderation.
2.Heating Overheating bedrooms and hallways are unnecessarily augmenting your costs. You should aim for room temperature between 19-21°C, having the area too warm can be uncomfortable for guests, and even make them irritable. You should also be servicing your boiler regularly to save more costs on your heating bill. When servicing the boiler don’t overlook the importance of the room filters, a clogged filter makes your heating and cooling system work harder.
3.Air ConditioningOne of the most common problems hotels experience is running their heating and cooling systems simultaneously. While the heat should be turned off once the temperature has reached 21°C, you shouldn’t run your air conditioning system until the temperature exceeds 23-24°C. Forego manual monitoring and install an automated system to keep track of temperature changes and adjust accordingly.
4.Hot Water Another common money-waster hotels give into is overheating their hot water tank. An ideal temperature is 60°C as it will kill bacteria and keep your water clean. Fitting eco spray taps in your rooms is another way to cut the amount of water usage and save on costs, as well as fixing leaky faucets promptly.
5.RefrigerationRefrigeration is often an overlooked aspect of energy efficiency and cost cutting in hotels. However, by regularly defrosting your fridges and routinely checking seals, you can avoid energy overuse and leakage, saving you money. You also want to buy the most efficient units possible, looking for the A++ rating, especially if your hotel equips its rooms with fridges.
Monitoring your heating, cooling, and lighting systems, and executing proper maintenance on your refrigerators and hot water systems are great ways to keep costs down. One way to make your hotel even more efficient is to keep track of all your energy saving upgrades and energy bills through Solo Expenses. Taking a photo of your bill and uploading it through the cloud-based app will ensure that you are accurately keeping track of all your expenses and will allow you to view them through reports and pie charts, showing you where your efficiency measures could be improved.