Energy costs are a major challenge for hoteliers and restaurateurs. To counteract these cost points, efficient energy management is of great importance. In this blog post, we will present practical energy saving tips for hoteliers that can help reduce energy consumption and save costs. In particular, we will focus on heat recovery options and the optimal placement of air conditioning units in rooms. Here are some examples of how hoteliers can improve their energy efficiency.
Four tips to save energy
- Savings potential through heat recovery:
An expert analysis on site can reveal weak points and potential savings. Savings of between ten and 35 percent can be achieved through optimisations and modernisations, depending on the age of the system technology. One possibility for saving energy is heat recovery. For example, you can install sensors in the kitchen that operate the ventilation at the lowest level until the air quality decreases. This can reduce energy consumption in the housekeeping area by a good 53 percent.
- Efficient air conditioning placement:
Air conditioning can be a significant energy and cost factor. About 40 percent of a hotel’s electricity demand goes to air conditioning and ventilation systems. This percentage can change: Outside air in the cold season can be used to air-condition computer rooms or technical rooms to prevent unnecessary running times of the cooling systems. In addition, it is recommended to install switches in the rooms that automatically switch off the air conditioning when the windows are open.
- Water saving through innovative shower heads:
By using special shower heads with optimised water flow, water consumption can be reduced without the guest noticing the difference. An “Ecoturbine”, for example, can reduce water consumption per showering session and at the same time prevent deposits in the shower hose or shower head. This measure can save a business hotel with 100 rooms around 2,100 cubic metres of water per year.
- Efficient lighting technology:
Lighting is a significant contributor to electricity consumption. Modern lighting technology with automatic control components, such as timers and sensors, can reduce lighting needs in corridors or rooms with irregular use by up to 70 percent compared to continuous operation. Replacing conventional light bulbs with energy-efficient LED lamps can reduce energy consumption by up to 84 percent. Another option is to use key cards with a special control that turns off the power in unoccupied guest rooms.
Save costs through less energy consumption
To counteract rising energy costs, efficient energy management is of great importance for hoteliers. Through heat recovery, optimal placement of air conditioning units, innovative shower heads and efficient lighting technology, hoteliers can reduce their energy consumption and save costs. An expert analysis on site helps to identify individual savings potential. By implementing these energy-saving tips, hoteliers can not only reduce costs but also contribute to environmental protection.