Hospitality Energy-Efficiency Tips
As a hotel owner, you are well acquainted with how high and onerous operating costs can be. Add to that the COVID-19 pandemic, which is squeezing profit margins at lodging establishments as consumers remain ambivalent about traveling and taking vacations.
Energy bills are consistently one of your main pain points, especially during the winter and summer months. Balancing energy savings and keeping your customers comfortable forces you to walk a very fine line. That is why controlling energy costs is one of your primary objectives as we enter the winter season.
Now is the time to take measures to reduce energy consumption at your hotel. Leveraging technology will get you much of the way toward energy efficiency.
Here are some steps you can take to reduce your energy expenses without sacrificing your guests’ comfort.
Energy Saving Tips for Hotels
Building Structure — Examine your building’s structure to ensure that it is properly insulated. Air leaks can contribute to 10 percent of building air/heat loss.
Recommendation #1: Foaming, caulking, duct sealing, and weather-stripping all lessen the amount of air that leaks in and out of a building through gaps in framing, chimneys, pipes, and wiring, doors, windows, and other openings.
Recommendation #2: Replace all of your interior and exterior incandescent/fluorescent lights with more efficient LED fixtures. LED bulbs to use just one-third to one-fifth of the electric power of regular bulbs, and last eight to 15 times longer.
HVAC in Hotel Main Areas — HVAC, or heating, ventilation, and cooling, is one of the primary energy usages in hotels and other lodging establishments because it transfers cool air throughout the building during hot months and funnels warm air in the winter.
Recommendation #3: Examine your air ducts and look for leaking air. You can also contact an HVAC expert for air duct care at Apollo Heating and Air Conditioning.
Recommendation #4: Try installing a variable frequency/speed drive for your HVAC system. This device will increase or decrease the fan speed of your HVAC by sensing the space’s air needs.
Recommendation #5: Examine your outdoor air dampers – valves that regulate airflow inside a duct, chimney, air handler, etc. – to be sure that no excess outside air gets into air-conditioned space.
Recommendation #6: Frequently replace your filters. Old filters increase energy usage by the fan and pollute indoor air.
Recommendation #7: Establish night temperature setback when spaces or rooms are not occupied.
HVAC in Guest Rooms — Hotel guests don’t pay the utility expenses, so they are apt to heavily use heating and air conditioning in their rooms.
Recommendation #8: Establish a protocol that when guests end their stay, a hotel employee adjusts the thermostat up or down.
Recommendation #9: Install smart Wi-Fi thermostats with occupancy sensors that enable better temperature control when the room is occupied and not occupied.
Recommendation #10: Replace inefficient packaged terminal air conditioners (PTACs) with new model PTAC systems that offer heat pump technology.
Smart Lighting Technology
Smart energy management systems are not applicable only to HVAC systems. Using smart lighting technology enables hotels to better understand their energy needs, automate their consumption, and adapt to real-time changes in room occupancy. Hotel owners can reap energy savings up to 75 percent and improve their productivity by as much as 20 percent by switching to a smart LED lighting system.
Smart lighting systems give property owners the flexibility to set preferred lighting times and track activity to improve workflow at their hotels.
Predictive Maintenance allows hotels to use sensor data to target wasteful or hazardous trends and notify maintenance employees before the issue escalates into a much more expensive proposition. For instance, as an HVAC system fluctuates through different levels of performance depending on occupancy needs, there will be wear and tear on its various physical components. Instead of waiting for a component to malfunction before being repaired or replaced, predictive maintenance allows engineering staff to predict maintenance needs based on system usage. This prevents system failures and decreases the costs of operating a faulty system.
Energy Efficiency Equals Stronger Bottom Line
The specific mix of energy-saving technology that is appropriate for any hotel will depend primarily on its location and customer preferences. Hotel owners would do well to implement these cost-effective, energy-efficiency measures so they can increase their profit margin and be better positioned to adapt to the ever-changing technological landscape.
Look to Apollo Heating and Air Conditioning to Help Your Hotel Save on Energy Costs
Look to the HVAC experts at Apollo to ensure your energy system is in excellent condition for the upcoming winter season. We will also be happy to share energy-saving tips with you to help you save money on HVAC usage for your lodging establishment year-round!
Our goal is always to earn and maintain your trust and confidence. Apollo is committed to delivering premium quality HVAC service, maintenance, products, and documentation in Kennewick, Pasco, Richland, and beyond!
Learn more by contacting Apollo Heating and Air Conditioning! Call us at (509) 396-COLD (2653).