I’ll take this chance to address an environmental issue that has been important to me for many years. I love to travel and encourage it for young writers. It’s a way to see the world and a way to release vast untapped lakes of creativity. But when it comes to hotels, there are many things that can be done to reduce the energy spent on guest stays and lower the carbon footprint.
In regards to reducing your monthly hotel energy bill while providing top notch service it can sometimes become a hassle. With all the features and amenities that most guests require these days, saving money and customer satisfaction can easily conflict with each other. The advice and information provided below can certainly help reduce energy costs regardless of your size, location, and hotel rating.
One of the smartest ways to lower energy costs is the addition of motion sensor lighting. As a cost effective and essential part helping your bottom line, motion sensor lighting for rooms such as public restrooms, conference or meeting rooms, and exercise rooms have become more and more commonplace. Simply installing just one motion sensor for 500 watts of lighting could save you up to $180.00 per year. Imagine what several motion sensors placed in key locations could do for for reducing energy costs. There are more advanced enegry control systems at GreenStarSavings as well and can be implemented with no upfront costs to hotels.
The most practical and most often utilized solution to reducing the energy costs of a hotel would be to use compact florescent lighting and/or florescent bulbs. While florescent lighting is great for style of hotel room, it is also great at helping your bottom line. Not only do florescent bulbs last 10 to 20 times longer than a standard incandescent bulb, they also produce less heat.
Another great way to reduce the energy costs of a hotel is the installation of ceiling fans. With the ability to save money in both the summer and winter months, ceiling fans can bring numerous energy saving benefits to your attention. In cold weather, simply running the ceiling fan in a clockwise direction can bring down energy costs by ten percent. During the summer months, opening windows and running the ceiling fan in a counter-clockwise direction can reduce your monthly energy costs by up to forty percent.
Proper insulation and making sure windows and doors are properly sealed with caulk and weather-stripping can vastly improve the savings on energy costs. According to Consumer Reports, sealing leaks and using weather-stripping can reduce energy costs by 15-30%. In addition to helping you control your energy costs, proper sealing and weather-stripping can reduce the risk of leaking windows and drafts.
In order to achieve maximum energy savings, it is ideal to have an energy usage monitoring system installed and under regular maintenance. With the ability to set a schedule and configure the settings for your particular building, an energy monitoring system can quickly become a valuable piece of equipment for hotels. Most brands have a control setting for lighting, H.V.A.C., and several other features that play into energy consumption and have the ability to control it. This equipment is designed to be the master controller for all energy related functions and information.
The price of energy is consistently soaring to new highs. Now is the time to think about implementing all means necessary to reduce the high energy costs and get the finances in order. With more important details to focus on such as your bottom line and customer service, simple procedures and ideas can turn those high energy costs into a distant memory.