If you are a hotel owner, you understand the critical importance of keeping costs under control. Especially now when energy costs are experiencing monthly increases and represent a greater portion of your budget. With this in mind, we offer our hotel energy-saving tips to help your hotel lower costs and be more energy efficient.

Not every suggestion will apply to your specific business but each tip does offer the potential to lower your energy bill quickly. While some recommendations require modest investments, many cost virtually nothing to implement and are generally feasible for most business types.

To reduce hotel energy costs, there are a variety of different factors you should consider. Above all, you need to assess the needs of your employees and customers when it comes to making a plan that helps you cut energy costs where you need it the most.

Let’s discuss the hotel energy-saving tips that will help you lower costs and increase energy efficiency.

Hotel Energy Saving Tips
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Hotel Energy-Saving Tips Overview

The hospitality industry is a heavy energy user as medium size business. Specifically, hotels and motels use about six percent of their operating costs on energy. Moreover, the variety of services provided and the need to function 24×7 mean that the hospitality industry presents abundant opportunities for energy savings.

Hotel energy-saving tips come from the perspective of the way you currently operate your business. In other words, what you and your employees do on a day-to-day basis has a great influence on business energy efficiency.

Hotel owners need to ask themselves when they look to be more energy efficient, specifically what they are currently spending on energy. In short, if you’re not aware of how you are spending on energy, then you need to re-examine exactly how to track your business energy use.

Furthermore, if you and your employees constantly waste energy in your hotel, you  add unnecessary costs to your budget, place demands on the environment, and have a serious negative impact on the way it functions.

We have classified our hotel energy-saving tips into five main categories: equipment, water usage, heat control, lighting, HVAC, and management. So, let’s move forward and discuss this in detail.

Hotel Energy-Saving Tips - Food Preparation

The highest component of energy consumption in a full-service restaurant is Food Preparation at 35%.  So let’s begin here.

Commercial Equipment

Commercial kitchen equipment consumes great deal of energy.  What’s more, inefficient equipment can lead to your food service business wasting up to 80% of the energy they consume. Accordingly, purchasing newer, more energy-efficient equipment models certified by ENERGY STAR, is especially effective at reducing energy waste.

Equipment Efficiency

Energy-efficient fryers (whether gas or electric) will save on energy costs, increase productivity due to shorter cooking times, and save on cooking oil due to less scorching.

Upgrading convection ovens (gas) and griddles to ENERGY-STAR certified are up to 50% more energy-efficient, while electric versions idle at lower rates.

Similarly, upgrading to an energy-efficient dish machine will save on energy costs and increase productivity due to shorter wash cycle times.

Equipment Maintenance

Your equipment needs to be cleaned and serviced regularly to keep it energy-efficient and extend its operating life.

The refrigerator condenser coils become clogged with dust over time, preventing them from expelling heat. Consequently, the unit needs to use more energy (less energy-efficient) to maintain food-save temperatures. Therefore, keep them clean.

Your water-filtration system prevents calcification and mineral deposits in any equipment connected to your water system. So replace your water filters as scheduled to maintain efficiency and extend operating life.

Energy-Saving Tips - Water Usage

Hotels require large amounts of water (in front and back) to sustain operations. Basically, there are some simple ways to reduce water consumption in your hotel and lower your water bill.

Spray Valves

Upgrade your pre-rinse spray valves in the kitchen (don’t forget the bathrooms) with newer models that have lower GPM (gallons per minute) ratings. Also, these low-flow spray valves are easy to replace and use much less water than older spray valves


Your hand-washing sinks don’t need to have a high GPM flow rating. So use low-flow aerators or flow regulators that limit the amount of water flowing out of the faucet and lower the GPM to save you money.

Leaky Faucets

Over time dripping water leaks from faucets and toilets add up and increase your water bill. Repair them with new components to reduce wasting water and money.  Also, avoid the need to call a plumber by using the new cartridge design feature so you can swap them out quickly.  Finally, remind your employees to close faucets when finished.

Hotel Energy-Saving Tips - Lighting

About 13 percent of a hotels’s energy consumption goes to lighting in the front and kitchen areas.  Simply put, there are convenient ways to reduce energy consumption in your hotel and lower your energy bill.

Front Of House Signage

Hotel signage is an optimal place to substitute fluorescent lighting for an LED alternative. In brief, LEDs offer longer lifespans, lower energy consumption, and higher quality light than older bulb models.

Technology Upgrade

T8 fluorescent lighting is a simple way to reduce energy consumption since it can be  substituted for older, less efficient fluorescent bulbs. They are up to 25% more efficient and can be swapped out in a matter of minutes. Plus, they can be used in any location including overhead lighting in the dining room, kitchen, and back-of-the-house storage areas.

Turn Off When Not In Use

Establish a power schedule for your kitchen units for startup and shutdown. When there is downtime between kitchen activities, turn off the fryer, oven, etc., and then begin preheating when production resumes.

Use intelligent timers for your interior and exterior lighting and consider solar-power outdoor lighting.

Energy-Saving Tips - Heat Control

About 6% of a hotel’s energy usage is dedicated to refrigeration.  While it is a small component, there are simple ways to not waste energy.

Control The Temperature

Controlling the room temperature is crucial to saving on your energy bill. For example, a 1-degree increase in setting will use 15% more energy. While every 1-degree decrease will use 10% more energy. Moreover, there’s no need for  areas rarely used, such as storage, cleaning rooms, etc.

Consequently, invest in a Smart Thermostat that can be programmed remotely and is tamper-resistant to prevent unauthorized adjustments.


Energy Waste

Review and adjust the hot water temperature setting for your kitchen dish machine to local health guidelines. If you are using water hotter than it needs to be, you’re simply wasting energy and increasing your energy bill.

Use unheated hand dryers for staff and customers since they are more energy-efficient, saving 80% less energy than a standard hand dryer.

Energy Use Alignment

Your hotel kitchen is filled with a variety of equipment that all consume energy and produce heat. However, when they are not intelligently located, this equipment can work at cross purposes and be less energy-efficient.

For example, you should separate heating versus cooling equipment since they are at cross purposes. Accordingly, your ice machine and refrigeration units should not be located near your fryer, oven, or grill.

Similarly, your refrigeration equipment needs ventilation space to expel hot air as part of the cooling process. Otherwise, it uses more energy to stay cool, increasing your energy bill.

Hotel Energy-Saving Tips - HVAC System

Your Heating, Ventilation, And Cooling (HVAC) system is the second largest component of energy consumption at 28%.  Simply put, you and your staff need to manage this well or pay additional energy costs.

HVAC Tune-Up

An HVAC system will decline in performance without regular maintenance. Specifically, schedule “pre-season” tune-ups before each cooling and heating season. As a result, your business will save energy and money, and extend the lifetime of the HVAC system with minimal investment in maintenance.

HVAC Filters

Just like an auto, regularly clean or change the HVAC filters every month during peak cooling or heating seasons. When used, more air and particles are being run through your HVAC system. As a result, dirty HVAC filters cost more to use (lower energy efficiency), overwork the equipment (shorten the life-cycle), and result in lower indoor air quality.

Help Mother Nature

Installing top and side awnings (think tree shading) near your entrance or a vestibule will protect your hotel from the sun’s rays.  As a result, there is less demand for your HVAC cooling system, producing a more comfortable climate for your customers and lowering energy costs.

Energy-Saving Tips - Management

Hotel owners know that it takes a lot to run a successful business.  Besides your investments in reducing your energy costs, education, training, information, and advice will also help to improve your bottom line.

Education & Reminders

You are responsible for the design of your hotel and the daily protocols of how your staff operates. So to be successful in your energy-efficiency plans, your staff needs to understand and execute them. Consequently, they need an employee handbook with the energy-efficiency protocols, training, and visual reminders posted throughout their work areas to follow them.

Energy Audit

Do an energy audit of your hotel to ensure that you are using energy efficiently. For example, utility companies often offer this type of program to help identify areas to reduce energy usage.

Energy Advisor

If your hotel is located in a deregulated energy state, consult an energy broker to reduce energy rates through competitive auction bidding.  Furthermore, reduction in your energy rates immediately improve your bottom line.

Hotel Energy-Saving Tips Conclusion

However you choose to implement these hotel energy-saving tips, you will be able to see immediate savings in your energy bill. What is more, people often underestimate the little things they do at the hotel, so energy awareness and conservation are very important for long-term success.

Not only will you be reducing your energy costs each month, but you will also be promoting a healthy work environment for your employees and customers. In other words, your hotel benefits from many different aspects the longer it can sustain energy efficiency.

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