How does cutting up to 20% of your hotel’s energy bills sound?
Well, by applying just a few simple measures, you will see massive improvements to your hotel’s energy efficiency, as well as saving some money.
At Energy Solutions, we are here to help our customers, by offering free advice on how to improve their energy efficiency.
These simple, inexpensive energy efficiency steps such as improving lighting control, educating staff on energy awareness and optimising your water and room temperatures can go a long way.
Here are some questions to monitor how your company uses energy:
- Are you leaving lights and heating on in areas that aren’t often occupied?
- Do you use traditional lighting or energy-efficient bulbs?
- Are your electronic appliances always turned on, even when they’re not being used?
- Do your cooling and heating systems power at the same time?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then with our help, you will likely be able to save yourself a lot of money, all in an easy and simple way.
Here are some statistics that may shock you:
- Customers will be more likely to stay at a hotel that doesn’t damage our environment.
- Many customers will pay a premium to stay at a hotel that is energy efficient and has a focus on a green future.
- Hotels that utilise lighting energy efficiency measures will save more than 50% compared to hotels that don’t.
So, what steps can you make to save yourself some money and become more energy efficient? Let’s dive right in.
Hot Water Tips
- Did you know that spray water taps use less energy and water? Consider installing them into your hotel to make some savings. They could be a wise investment to keep those monthly bills lowered.
- Keep your hot water at a temperature of around 60°C. This is an ideal climate to keep hot water at, making sure it is hot enough to kill any legionella bacteria, as well as giving your customers water they want.
- Make sure that your pipework is correctly insulated. You could be missing out on a lot of savings if you don’t insulate your pipes.
- When it comes to leaking taps, they’re not only an annoying sound, they can bother customers as well as creating a leak into your savings. Check all rooms that there are no leaks and ensure you repair any that are reported.
- How often do you service your boiler? If it isn’t every 1-2 years, then you could be missing out on huge savings. You could be seeing a 5% reduction in your annual energy bill by simply servicing your boiler every 2 years.
- Purchasing daylight sensors and time switches can be a great investment to save some money and reduce your energy usage. This removes the possibility of leaving lights on for long periods of time when they aren’t in use as they help to avoid leaving lights on.
- You should encourage staff to only use lights when necessary. Leave posters near light switches to make employees more aware of how using lights can decrease energy efficiency and impact the environment. When there are reduced numbers of staff in, use lighting only in the areas that are needed.
- Energy-efficient lights are another popular method for reducing energy consumption. Replacing bulky, old lamps for newer, compact fluorescent lighting could save around 80% of energy usage in your office space. What a neat swap.
- Servicing your boiler frequently is a solid method of keeping on top of your energy efficiency. By doing this, your hotel could save a massive 10% on your yearly heating costs. Hot stuff.
- An easy way to reduce energy consumption is to avoid overheating corridors and bedrooms. This can be an expensive error, as well as being uncomfortable for guests. It is a winning situation, reducing energy as well as keeping your customers happy. To get the right balance, aim for around 19–21°C.
- Using thermostatic radiator valves and timer switches can be a good way to keep control of your heating systems. Make sure to monitor your thermostats, checking they aren’t affected by radiators, sunlight, draughts and fireplaces.
- Your pipework that feeds in the corridors, seating areas and bedrooms should be well insulated. This could save you some money on your monthly energy bills.
- Simply checking your doors are sealed properly is an easy way to reduce energy waste. You can see an increase of up to 11% in power consumption through a faulty seal on the door. Double-check to keep those savings sealed.
- Your refrigeration appliances could be costing you money. Look at purchasing or upgrading to a high energy efficiency rating fridge or freezer. Another tip is to keep them out of direct sunlight, cleaning fans and motors, checking seals on the doors as well as regularly defrosting your machines.
- If you are to upgrade your fridge or freezer, you should look for A-rated appliances. If you want to go the extra mile and keep that energy efficiency score high, try and look for A++ equipment. These have the lowest electrical running costs out of all appliances.
- A quick and simple tip that is sometimes missed is just keeping the fridge doors closed as often as you can. Make staff aware of the benefits of energy efficiency.
Air Conditioning Tips
- Try not to use air conditioning when it isn’t necessary. This can reduce your costs massively. Many hotels have their air conditioning running when it isn’t needed. A good tip is to not use air conditioning until the temperature exceeds 23–24°C.
- For better air conditioning, look at investing in a building management system (BEMS). BEMS will monitor and control your heating, air conditioning and ventilation. These can have an impact of up to 10% reductions in energy consumption.
- Using the heating and cooling systems at the same time can be an energy guzzler. Especially in hotels, this is a common problem. Once the temperature reaches 21°C, switch off the heating. Remember, front of house heating is likely to be set higher than the back of house rooms.