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5 Energy Saving Tips for Hotels

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For full-service hotels, energy costs can eat 4 to 10 percent of revenue. 

However, hotels possess significant energy savings potential — to a tune of about 20 percent through efficiency measures. This is especially true with lighting, space heating, and water heating as those systems represent about 60 percent of hotel energy use. By making some straightforward building updates and simple behavioral changes, hotels can begin to unlock significant energy savings. 

Here are five energy saving tips for hotels. 

1. Install occupancy and daylight sensors. 

Occupancy and daylight sensors can help reduce energy use by lighting and HVAC systems. Beyond hotel rooms, they are particularly beneficial to controlling energy use in hotel conference areas and public restrooms. 

2. Use energy efficient lighting. 

If hotel hallways have skylights or other natural light, dim those lights by 30 percent during daytime hours. Energy-efficient light bulbs — which include halogen bulbs, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), and light emitting diodes (LEDs) — use up to 80 percent less energy than conventional lighting and can last up to 25 times longer. 

3. Keep drafts out. 

Install a draft lobby at the hotel's main entrance to reduce heating costs and drafts. 

4. Utilize best kitchen practices.  

If your hotel includes a restaurant, be sure to always close freezer and chiller doors as they lose significant energy when left open. In addition, don't use a bigger saucepan for cooking than you need as they require more energy and time to heat. 

5. Cover the pool. 

After closed hours, make sure all pools and hot tubs are covered to reduce heat loss. 

For more information on how hotels can substantially reduce their energy costs, check out this infographic

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Posted: September 10, 2015