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These Helpful Tips Can Help Hotels Save on Energy Costs

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Energy costs can eat up to 10 percent of a hotel's revenue.

What accounts for most of their energy expenditure? All of the essentials that keep guests satisfied: rooms at a comfortable temperature, hot showers, and well-lit rooms and corridors.

To help hotels get more out of their energy budget, we've created an informational Energy Saving Checklist for Hotels. The list features a number of straightforward and helpful efficiency tips for hotel managers, including: 

  • Train housekeeping staff to be energy savvy. Housekeepers should reset thermostats to minimum levels in winter and summer. Alternatively, many hotel systems can be rewired to allow the front desk to control guest room HVAC systems. Make sure staff turns off lights in unoccupied rooms. Closing drapes when a room is unoccupied will reduce heat gain in the summer and heat loss in the winter.

  • Lower the water temperature. For hand-washing and showering, 110 degrees is the recommended setting. Set your laundry hot water to 120 degrees. Commercial kitchen water temperature is set by municipal building codes.

  • Choose energy-efficient vending machines. Vending machines can drive up your energy bills because they run at the same temperature and lighting level 24/7. The energy costs for some refrigerated vending machines can reach $440 per year. The good news is that new technologies can turn off lighting when no one is nearby and adjust refrigeration in response to ambient temperatures. Newer machines tend to be more efficient and can cut electricity use by up to 50 percent.

  • And, many more! 

Check out the complete Energy Saving Checklist for Hotels.

Posted: July 11, 2016

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