Hotels Save on Energy with Efficient Practices

How can your venue cut costs?

Business and leisure travel is thriving this year, buoyed by strong economic fundamentals, the growth of the energy sector, and the ability for travelers to visit more destinations than ever before. With travel comes the need for accommodations, and the hotel sector is enjoying a boost in occupancy and daily room rates.

While there’s no doubt the influx of travelers is positive for the hotel industry, a greater number of guests mean an increase in costs related to labor, utilities, and supplies, including necessities such as towels and bedding. The Environmental Protection Agency reports here that hotels account for 15 percent of the water usage in the U.S. Of the total, 16 percent is used for laundry (all of those towels), 14 percent for kitchen and dishwashing, and 12 percent for cooling and heating. Cutting down on utility usage saves hotel owners exponentially.

Energy Saving Tips for Hotels

One of the main strategies we suggest for reducing energy and utility costs is adjusting the usage patterns and optimizing cycles to take advantage of peak rates and off-peak rates, which are regulated by the utility companies. Each utility company has its own rate schedule, so we leverage our expertise to help clients determine the best strategy to use off-peak hours as much as possible to enjoy those lower rates.

A second way hotels can save on utility costs is by upgrading laundry equipment. This article from Hotel Management reports that hotels save when they invest in washing machines with high-speed extraction capabilities. These machines use less water to wash, which also means there will be less time needed to dry. The article also recommends purchasing dryers with moisture sensors. These machines will turn off when the items are dry, reducing the amount of time the machine runs unnecessarily, thus saving energy (and dollars) in the process.

Save on Energy by Going Green

Energy efficiency does more than conserve resources and boost revenue—it can be a way to attract travelers and employees. Hotels that can demonstrate a certain reduction in energy usage on a per room or per property basis can apply for various green credentials, such as ENERGY STAR certification, LEED Green Building certification, and Eco Green Hotel certification. These environmentally friendly credentials can be advertised with building signage, and even incorporated into marketing materials. Sustainability certifications demonstrate a proactive effort to conserve, which can greatly influence travelers when they are deciding which hotel deserves their business.

Expense Reduction Analysts assists with energy audits that result in significant savings that hotel clients can use for equipment reinvestment or shareholder value. Contact us today to learn more about smart ways your hotel can save on energy costs.

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