The hospitality industry is one of the world’s biggest energy consumers. Hotels, restaurants, and other businesses use much more electricity than the average household.
However, these businesses can also be leaders in energy conservation by adopting smart solutions that will help them reduce their carbon footprint and save money at the same time.
Let’s explore how.
Energy consumption in the hospitality industry is high, but it doesn’t need to cost you an arm and a leg.
Energy monitoring is the process of measuring and analyzing energy usage data. It helps you to identify patterns in your usage, evaluate performance over time and identify opportunities for savings.
You can use software specifically designed for this purpose, or you can integrate data from an existing system into an existing platform.
The latter option is often less expensive, but it may take more time and effort to install because it requires more customization than prebuilt software does.
While there are many different types of energy monitoring tools available on the market today, so look at your budget and needs to find one that works for you.
Use the correct type of light bulb!
Using the right type of lighting in your hospitality business is vital to reduce energy consumption. Incandescent bulbs are inefficient, as they only convert 10% of their energy into light and produce much more heat than necessary.
Fluorescent lights are more efficient but still require a large amount of power to operate; however, the newer fluorescent tubes introduced since 2007 use up to 75% less electricity than traditional fluorescents and are almost twice as efficient as incandescent bulbs.
LED lighting is also an excellent choice because it uses 20-30 times less power than incandescent light while also lasting up to 40 times longer than any other form of lighting on the market today!
Appliances and Equipment
- Turn off appliances and equipment when not in use.
- Use the correct size of equipment for the load it is expected to handle.
- Use timers to turn off equipment at night or other times when they are not used.
- Use a power bar to turn off multiple appliances at once.
- Replace old appliances with newer models that use less power (and have better safety features). This will also help save you money in the long run when it comes time for repairs or replacements if they break down unexpectedly while being used constantly at peak times during service hours.
Hot water is a significant part of your energy use and can be used more efficiently. You can do the following things to make sure you’re not wasting water or water that isn’t as hot as it could be.
Use a smart water heater to regulate your hot water temperature by using only as much power as needed.
Make sure there are no leaks in your hot water system, which wastes electricity and contributes to high bills.
Install solar panels or other types of renewable sources of heat to heat the water in your business.
This will reduce the amount of gas or electricity needed for heating purposes, which also reduces costs and emissions from fossil fuels like natural gas or coal power plants that produce these resources at high levels when compared to solar panels and wind turbines.
Also, consider installing a heat pump system instead because they are more efficient than conventional electric resistance units due to their ability.
Insulation and Draught Proofing
Insulation is essential in any building to retain heat and prevent draughts. Most buildings have some form of insulation, but the most effective ones are those with a high density (thickness) or with airtight seals at all joints.
To find out if you need to improve the insulation in your property:
- Listen for cold spots – these are usually on walls facing away from the sun.
- Check that windows open easily; if they don’t, they may not fit tightly enough to keep the heat in.
As you can see, there are plenty of ways to save energy and money in your hospitality business. All it takes is some creativity and a willingness to try something new.
Lighting, water heating, and insulation are all ways you can make a start in making your business more eco-conscious.
We highly recommend considering all your energy needs and allowing us to find a solution. Helping the planet is fantastic and being able to save clients money simultaneously is even better.