Lighting Control May Present Largest Financial Incentive
According to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) hotels in the United States comprise more than five billion square feet of space and spend more than $7.5 billion on energy each year. This equates to an average spend of nearly $2,200 per available room each year on energy. Given these statistics, there are significant opportunities within the hotel industry to not only reduce energy consumption and thus its impact on the environment, but there is also a large and powerful financial incentive as well. When hoteliers consider any changes, it is important that those changes result in a healthy, productive and comfortable environment for guests. Thus, trends related to hotel lighting—responsible for a significant amount of energy usage—are the perfect place for Greenwich, Connecticut hoteliers to investigate further when considering changes that might impact both their guests and their bottom line.
Green Travel and Design are LEEDing the Way
A survey conducted by TripAdivsor, the world’s largest travel site, found that the green travel trend is gaining momentum. More than half of travelers surveyed said they often make eco-friendly travel decisions, such as their choice of hotel, transportation or food source. This trend coupled with more stringent government regulations is leading hoteliers to focus on environmentally sensitive construction and operation practices. The latest version of the green building certification system, known as the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and lead by USGBC, includes the first rating system for the hospitality industry. The new certification system requires about 20 percent of points be allocated to optimizing energy performance.
Demand for LED Lighting
Many hoteliers are making subtle energy-saving changes by incorporating more efficient lighting technologies. Compact fluorescent (CFL) and light-emitting diode (LED) lamps are playing a big role in this new shift. While more expensive than traditional bulbs these lamps often pay for themselves through energy and maintenance savings. According to a report by NPD DisplaySearch, the demand for LED lighting was expected to double from 16 million units in 2012 to 33 million in 2013 and is expected to triple by this year.
Take Control of the Lights
Quality lighting, often taken for granted, is an important feature of every hotel. To achieve the appropriate lighting levels for a particular space regardless of the time of day and regardless of the type of task or situation requires an integrated lighting control system. By using light when and where it is needed, hoteliers can enhance the guest experience while also saving energy. Overlighting of large spaces such as ballrooms, lobbies and conference and meeting rooms presents hoteliers a great savings opportunity. By harvesting available daylight and incorporating dimming technology within these spaces, staff can easily adjust lighting levels to fit specific tasks, moods or situations. Improve the overall experience and save on wasted energy in the process. Another lighting technology feature to consider involves occupancy sensors. When guests leave a hotel room the space can respond automatically by turning out lights and closing drapes to minimize HVAC power consumption. This simple upgrade limits the amount of wasted energy when systems are activated, but rooms are unoccupied.
While there are other lighting design trends driving the hospitality industry, CytexOne understands there are considerations unique to each hotel chain and location. To determine what might be best for your property, contact a CytexOne lighting specialist to schedule an appointment.