Make it Easy for Hotel Guests and Staff to Embrace Eco-Conscious Initiatives
An important priority within the hospitality industry is reducing its massive environmental footprint. According to the U.S Green Building Council, hotels spend around $7.5 billion on energy each year. To cut down on these costs, hotels need to make sure guests buy into their energy-saving measures.
For this reason, managers have embraced guest room controls that make it easy for visitors to opt-in to an eco-conscious stay whether it’s through dimming the lights or limiting housekeeping services. Below we highlight some ways you can use this technology to reduce energy consumption in your properties in New York City, Los Angeles or anywhere else around the world.
Give Guests Some Autonomy
By providing intuitive in-room controls, you give your guests the right tools to embrace energy-saving measures. They can easily adjust lighting, shades, and climate to strike a balance between comfort and efficiency. Dimming alone can make a huge difference. According to Green Lodging, each dimmer in your hotel saves 4-9 percent more than traditional on-off switches.
Admittedly, some may be encouraged to take advantage of these tools. So how do you know if the strategy is worthwhile? Use your property management software to track energy usage throughout your hotel. If you see problem areas, you can place limits on your guest controls so they can only make adjustments within certain thresholds.
Offer Guests a Guiding Hand
You can also provide energy-efficient options within your guest room controls. Through our hotel automation systems, you can create scenes that automatically adjust lights, shades, and climate. Make it easy for visitors to activate energy-saving scenes by placing them on dedicated keypads or touchpads. Also, make it easy for guests to opt-in to other hotel-wide measures like reduced maintenance and towel service.
Aside from “Green” scenes, propose ideal settings for other activities like reading or watching a movie that would result in savings compared to guests’ typical use. By the door, place “All Off” or “Goodbye” scenes they can activate when leaving their room.
Automate Your Energy Savings
The best way to accomplish results is to automatize your operations. You can reduce the risk of human error and obtain better consistency. The primary way to do this is to include motion sensors in all of your rooms. This way, you can initiate energy-saving modes as soon as a room is unoccupied instead of having to rely on guests or staff to make the changes manually.
You can also activate energy-saving measures based on certain triggers or schedules. If guests turn on their television, the lights dim to 20 percent. After 10 p.m., lights automatically begin dimming to increase comfort and reduce energy consumption. Shades can automatically open around 10 a.m. to let guests take advantage of natural light.
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