How to improve your Hotel energy efficiency score!?
Between five to ten percent of hotel expenses account for energy costs. This figure does not sound like a lot, but in times of increasing competition through sites like AirBnB, hotels need to save costs in order to stay competitive. About 70 percent of costs account for human resources, but they also account for 100 percent of the service, so do you really want to save here? Afterall it is the special treatment that still draws guests into hotels.
Not only is there an economical need to save energy, customers also get increasingly aware of energy efficiency and so it is no wonder that new energy efficiency scores for hotels emerge. The most popular representatives of such scores are: Greenleaders from Tripadvisor, Green Key Global, Green Globe Interational or ENERGY STAR and there are many more.
In general there are two ways of improving energy efficiency. One way is to replace the old, inefficient equipment with new, state of the art equipment. The second way is to instal a measurement and control system, that optimizes energy usage and ensures that energy is only consumed when really required.
Old light bulbs are known to be high energy spendthrifts, so much, that about 70 percent of the electricity bill can be traced back to lightning. Replacing them with new energy efficient light bulbs will certainly reduce your energy costs. Even more efficient though, would be a system that ensures, that the light is only turned on, when somebody is actually in the room.
Similarly old air-conditioners and fridges waste incredible amounts of energy, because they are outdated and because they are activated when the room is not in use.
There has been a solution around that seems to tackle these inroom issues quite effectively. Key card systems to switch off electricity in guestrooms are not anymore a new invention and they ensure, that once the guest leaves his room, all electrical appliances are turned off.
But what about the common/ public spaces?
Common spaces often get illuminated for the most part of the day. If indoors, they also get heated or cooled, but is that really necessary at 04:00 am when everybody is asleep?
Who is going to play tennis at this time? Who will want to use the restaurant? Who will use the pool?
Not too many people as you can imagine. A good solution for many places presents the motion detector, but it is very limited. The motion detector can only detect the presence of humans in close distance. If you want to cover a wide area like a pool for example, the motion detector will be quite ineffective.
The alternative: an employee accompanies the guest to the pool, turns on all the lights and comes back later, to check whether the guest is still swimming. Can that be the solution?
We at Untrodden Labs think to have a better solution. Our Energy Management Solution for Hotels connects all electrical appliances, HVAC and lights into a single system. It allows to remotely turn on and off all the lights, to manage all the ACs, boilers and centralized HVAC systems as well. So when a guest wants to use the swimming pool at night, the receptionist only needs to press a couple of buttons and all the lights and heating systems necessary are activated.
Our solution is called ThingsGoSocial and it has much more to offer than just turning on and off the lights at the pool. It integrates literally everything that causes electricity, water and gas expenses:
- Fire Alarm
- Water pumps
- Power Generators
- Centralized Heating
- Washing Machines
- Electrical door locks
- Security Cameras
- Boom Barriers
For more informations on how to improve your energy efficiency score visit: www.thingsgosocial.com