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Top 10 Hospitality Energy-Efficiency Tips for Busy Season

With busy season just around the corner, controlling operating expenses is top-of-mind for many in the hospitality industry. What are some steps that you can take to reduce your energy bills without sacrificing your guests’ comfort?

My Top Energy Efficiency Tips for Hotels

1. Building Structure – In New England, we experience hot, humid summers which result in using significant cooling indoors. Check your building’s structure to ensure that it’s properly insulated. Air leaks alone can contribute to ~10% of building air/heat loss.

  • Tip 1: Air Sealing - Foaming, caulking, duct sealing, and weather-stripping reduce 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.
  • Tip 2: Replace all interior and exterior incandescent/fluorescent lights with more efficient LED fixtures. LED bulbs use 1/3-1/5 of the electric power of regular bulbs, and last 8-15x longer.

2. HVAC in Hotel Main Areas – Heating, ventilation, and cooling (HVAC) is one of the main energy usages in any hotel because it pushes cool air throughout the building during hot summer months.

  • Tip 3: Check your air ducts for air leaking or consult an expert.
  • Tip 4: Install 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.
  • Tip 5: Check outdoor air dampers (valves that regulate the flow of air inside a duct, chimney, air handler, etc.) to ensure that no excess outside air is being introduced into air-conditioned space.
  • Tip 6: Regular filter replacement is vital as old filters increase energy usage by the fan and decrease indoor air quality.
  • Tip 7: Implement night temperature setback when the space is unoccupied.

3. HVAC in Guest Rooms – We all know that guests will blast the A/C in their room without thinking twice since they’re not paying the bills.

  • Tip 8: Create a system so that when guests check out at the end of their stay, someone is assigned to go in and turn the thermostat up/down.
  • Tip 9: Consider installing smart Wi-Fi thermostats with occupancy sensors for better temperature control when the room is occupied and unoccupied.
  • Tip 10: Replace less efficient packaged terminal air conditioners (PTACs) with new model PTAC systems that incorporate heat pump technology.

Preparation for busy season starts now – it’s not too late to implement the energy and cost saving measures we covered today!

Already busy with preparation? Contact me to schedule a no-cost energy assessment and we can check your facility for you.

Tune in next month for more hotel and restaurant energy-efficiency tips.

About RISE Engineering

For the past 40 years, RISE Engineering has been helping restaurants, inns, and other hospitality businesses cut their energy usage and save money leading up to and during the busiest time of year. For eligible businesses, we offer a no-cost energy assessment and we can help you take advantage of utility-provided financial incentives for energy retrofit projects. Please contact us if you have any questions, or fill out our online form for a no-cost energy assessment.