In an increasingly complex energy market, a smart and sustainable approach to energy management is vital for tourism operators wanting to cut costs, save time and build a brighter future for their business.
TOP TIPS on SAVING ENERGY
Measure to manage:
- Monitor your usage: Record meter readings and fuel deliveries. Combine with guest nights sold over the same period to compare performance over time.
- Provide meter readings to your energy provider to ensure your bills are accurate.
- A hotel energy calculator from Hotel Energy Solutions enables small accommodation providers to assess their current energy use against similar tourism businesses. It also helps rank practical energy efficient and renewable investment options.
Keep the heat in:
- Ask for a boiler efficiency test in your annual service.
- Effective draught-proofing is low cost. Keep seals/brushes in good condition.
- It is very cost effective to insulate roofs and unfilled cavity walls. Insulating solid walls is more expensive and complex, but good maintenance that keeps them dry will improve performance by 40%. Use double/secondary glazing whenever possible.
- Check heated towel rails aren’t left on during the day, if using electricity.
- Install heating controls with a range of set timings, where the start time to be adjusted to outside temperatures. Ensure radiators have thermostatic controls (TRVs). Explain them to guests and ensure staff turn them down between stays (as empty rooms can be kept at 14 degrees without dampness).
- Allow space between heating panels / radiators and furniture to allow heat to circulate.
- Prioritise areas kept at a high temperature, such as a pool or spa areas, and ensure covers are used for pools and hot tubs/jacuzzis. Ensure recommended temperatures are followed.
- Prioritise improvements where lighting is on for the longest. This could include corridors, external lighting, and other public or ‘back of house’ areas.
- LEDs cost a fraction of halogen/tungsten lighting to run and last much longer. They are also instantly bright, unlike compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). See the Which? Buyers Guide to LEDs
- Thermally lined curtains and blinds both help retain heat within a room (and provide a darker room for guests to sleep in). Also ensure you maximise natural light, by keeping windows and skylights clean and fully drawing curtains. You could even consider sun tubes.
ASK THE EXPERTS
“If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that the old strategy of buying energy is no longer fit for the market we find ourselves in. The first step to energy efficiency is to be proactive, by having a clear understanding of your energy consumption and contract renewal dates.
“It’s easy to leave your business energy contract renewals until the last minute but having a plan in place can help you clarify your efficiency goals and prevents you from approaching the market at an unfavourable time.”
Danielle Ford, Partnerships Manager at Enexus Energy
- Desktop energy efficiency survey
- Contract structure review
- Price review
- Availability capacity review (most businesses pay too much for availability and by streamlining this, can save almost immediately)
- Green/Net Zero options
- On site generation proposals
Electricity North West also have a great set of resources to help businesses make the workplace more efficient, including advice on appliances and equipment, lighting and heating, ventilation and cooling.
As Cumbria’s power network operator, it has sector-specific advice on cutting energy bills for: