Running this year from 17th to 23rd January 2024, Big Energy Saving Week is an annual campaign in the UK aimed at raising awareness about energy efficiency with support on how to save energy (and money).
The hospitality sector is well known for its enormous energy consumption – around 20,910 GWh each year which is enough to power 1.2 million homes (source: IoH).
Mission : net zero Sustainability Experts work with hospitality clients to reduce their energy usage by implementing a robust net zero roadmap which includes focusing on:
- Buildings – Conducting a healthy building audit to identify the business’ carbon footprint and check the condition of energy management equipment.
- Energy Saving – Creating a short-term, mid-term and long-term infrastructure capex plan to focus investment, whilst taking advantage of 100% renewable offers.
- Alternative energy – Reviewing alternative energy sources including on-site solar installation, biomass and heat pumps.
- New technology – Considering Energy Monitoring and Building Management Systems with monitoring, analytics and reporting tools.
- Purchase – Conducting an independent full energy review of renewable tariffs migrating to energy suppliers who offer 100% renewable energy
Example suggestions we share with hotel clients include:
- Check your contract end date, to make sure you don’t miss the opportunity to switch suppliers and potentially save money on a new 100% renewable tariff
- Install low-flow taps and shower heads in guest rooms to reduce the amount of hot water required
- Use the Gov.UK service to find an existing energy performance certificate (EPC)
- Keep your staff trained and engaged so they understand what can be done and how they can support savings (e.g. turning lights off when not in use)
- Install timer switches and thermostats on your radiators to ensure you have good control of your heating systems and you are not heating spaces unnecessarily
Should you change your energy provider?
Not only do we carry out a utilities health-check as part of our support work with hotel green teams, part of our advisory remit is to present market information and conditions for discussion.
At the time of writing this blog, we know there are several suppliers who offer 100% renewable tariffs with no extra charges.
This is a good article that highlights ‘How Energy Efficiency in the Hotel Industry is Reshaping the Guest Experience’ by incorporating energy conservation measures, including:
Implementing Smart Technology
Energy Management Systems
IoT (Internet of Things) Integration
- Renewable Energy Sources
Choosing the best energy services can not only reduce operating costs but also improve guest experience.
Monitoring and reporting said measures is no small task and it requires a proactive hotel green team to constantly keep an eye on their respective sustainability commitments.
If you’d like to talk with us about your energy saving programme, please get in touch so we can explain how we can add value to your 2024 sustainability programme.