Energy-Efficient Hotel: Things to Consider
By Lillian Connors, Senior Digital Marketing Strategist at Bizzmark
In the modern world, introducing eco-friendly solutions in homes and commercial buildings alike is no longer an option, but rather it has become a necessity and an investment in a solvent and successful future. Hotels and hotel chains, in particular, can benefit greatly from making small tweaks to their energy layout across the board, as well as shaping their mindset towards supporting eco-friendly practices to conserve natural resources and make substantial financial savings in the process.
While it might seem like an obvious solution to some, many entrepreneurs and hotel managers still tend to neglect this highly efficient, affordable solution, and the rewards it can bring in the long run. One of the biggest energy wasters in the entire facility is the lighting that is left on when no one is occupying the room or the hallway.
Switching to a motion sensor lights in the hallways, common areas, the facilities, storage rooms and staff rooms, can significantly decrease your energy expenditure and prolong the lifespan of your entire lighting system.
Speaking of lighting systems, have you switched out the traditional, inefficient light bulbs for their modern, efficient LED counterparts? Traditional lights are huge energy wasters, spending up to 85% of electricity on heat emanation, and only 15% on actual light production. On the flip side, LED lights are highly efficient, wasting only 15% of electricity on heat, and illuminating with 85% power.
Not only will you get beautiful, bright, and soft illumination, but you will also prolong the lifespan of your lighting system immensely. Unlike traditional light bulbs, LED lights can burn brightly for years on end before needing to be replaced. So, start small, and replace one light bulb at a time. Before you know it, you will have an efficient, money-saving system across the board.
Don't forget the kitchen
The kitchen can be the biggest energy wasting area in a household and especially in a hotel or a restaurant. With the big commercial appliances working continuously to prepare breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner for hundreds of guests on a daily basis, the final electricity bill can be quite discouraging.
The first step is to look for, and introduce, energy efficient appliances boasting an energy star that signifies decreased energy and water consumption. Additionally, these appliances should boast programmable software to improve their use and conserve more resources. Don't forget the ventilation system in the kitchen either, as most of the time the oven hoods, exhausts and supply fans are running when the appliances are not in use.
Windows and insulation
Finally, a less affordable yet equally prudent solution lies in upgrading wall insulation and windows to keep the heat from dissipating outwards during the colder months and the heat from reaching inside during the summer, and thus spending fewer resources on heating and cooling on an annual level.
Along with proper wall insulation, you can also introduce double-glazed windows that will keep the rooms warm during winter and cool during the hot summer months more efficiently. Mind you, this solution might not be the cheapest one, but it is a smart investment into the future.
Optimise your HVAC system
The HVAC system is one of the most useful modern inventions, yet it is also one of the biggest thorns in a hotel manager's perspective, as the energy it consumes can sometimes reach staggering levels. Naturally, this level of energy consumption produces inflated electricity bills, which is definitely something you want to avoid.
You need to upgrade, maintain, and install the perfect HVAC system for your hotel needs, and genuine pros, as these Lane Cove air conditioning experts, can help you assess your requirements and install the HVAC system that corresponds with the layout of your rooms, hallways and other areas. Installing the proper HVAC system will help you make substantial financial savings long-term, but you also want to ensure regular maintenance and upkeep in order to preserve high levels of efficiency.
Energy efficiency is becoming increasingly important in the modern world burdened with natural resource scarcity and soaring electricity bills. Be sure to implement these essential energy-efficient solutions across your entire operation and you will pave the road to a successful, prosperous future.
Senior Digital Marketing Strategist