Energy saving tips for hotels
If you manage a hotel, you'll know how maintaining optimum levels of comfort for your guests quickly adds up to a high energy bill.
We share some ideas to help you improve the energy efficiency of your hotel, so you can keep your guests happy for less.
Avoid overheating bedrooms and corridors by making sure you have a heating system that enables accurate time and temperature control. This should include thermostatic radiator valves (TRVs), time clocks and programmable thermostats. Your localised thermostats should be positioned where they won’t be affected by draughts, direct sunlight, radiators or fireplaces.
A fully zoned building will allow you to manage the temperatures down to quite a granular level. This will also help you to stop the heating being on in unoccupied areas (e.g. unoccupied rooms or function rooms that aren’t booked out). It is worth checking your settings on a regular basis to make sure they are correct and haven’t been tampered with.
Switch your bulbs, and remember to turn them off when not needed
Switching to LEDs will significantly reduce the amount you spend to keep the lights on. They also last far longer too.
And with the range of LED bulbs now available, you won’t have to compromise on the decorative effects created by your lighting.
Occupancy and daylight sensors can also be useful in areas like storerooms, offices and back of house to make sure no one leaves the lights on. Even simple stickers above switches can help get staff into the habit of ensuring lights in unoccupied areas are turned off.
Look after your boiler
An inefficient boiler will impact your heating cost, so ensure that your boiler is maintained through a regular service schedule.
Well insulated pipework around your building will also reduce any potential unnecessary loss of heat.
An essential provision for your guests, but a big contributor to your energy costs. The simplest action is to make sure you set appropriate temperatures for the hot water system - don't overheat or under heat. 60°C is the recommended temperature, hot enough to kill off legionella bacteria and sufficiently warm for use.
Some other simple water measures to consider are:
- Tap controls: Ensure taps automatically turn off after a certain time - useful in communal areas.
- Spray taps and water efficient showerheads: These can reduce the volume of water coming through by either aerating or pulsating it.
- Fix leaking taps quickly to minimise potential wastage.
Wherever you can, remember natural ventilation is often the best option. Using windows and vents will obviously save your business the cost of having to install or run air conditioning in all areas of a building.
Remember to make sure that your heating and your cooling systems do not operate at the same time. Create a “dead band”: a small range of temperatures (usually around 19°C to 24°C) that are comfortable and won’t call for either heat from the heating system or cooling from the air conditioning. This will reduce the possibility of the two systems fighting against one another.
Invest in energy and technology
Installing solar panels, or investing in waste heat recovery systems can have a huge impact.
Generating your own energy, or investing in smart technology to better control your energy use, are both options that could save you energy and money. This would also make a great selling point for the growing number of eco-savvy tourists; so you can be kinder to the planet, and hopefully reap the rewards too.
Keep track of your energy use
Remember, by taking regular meter readings you can keep track of how much energy your business is using. This makes it easier to see when improvements are working and how much you are saving.
Check your energy bill
Make sure you haven’t rolled onto a default or ‘out of contract’ rate. This could be as much as 60% higher if you’ve come to the end of your negotiated contract. You can secure a new price for your energy up to six months before your fixed contract runs out, so make sure you set a reminder.
Get a quote to see if you could save even more by switching your hotel energy supply to Bristol Energy.