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Every business has to bear the cost of utilities, but when you’re running a hotel, your energy costs can take up a big chunk of your profit margin. That’s why small changes can make a big difference.

If you haven’t given much thought to your energy bill in a while, you could be paying significantly more than you need to for your energy.

Your first step should be to check you’re on the cheapest available deal. You’ll need the details of your current contract to do this – you’ll find them printed on your most recent bill.

Then, go to our business energy comparison page to see what deals are available, and make sure you’re getting the best price.

How to cut energy use at your hotel

There are also lots of other things you can do to reduce the amount your hotel spends on gas and electricity, which will ultimately improve your bottom line. Here are some ideas.

How to control your heating

Timed thermostats

Using timed thermostats and radiator valves in your hotel rooms can help you take control of your heating, and avoid leaving heaters on in vacant rooms.

Replace your boiler

Replacing your hotel boiler might seem like a drastic and expensive step, but any upfront costs can be offset by the potential 10% you could save on your energy bills as a result.

Constant temperatures

Spikes in temperature are expensive. It makes more sense to maintain a constant temperature between 19°C and 21°C – this is an ideal way to strike a balance between manageable energy costs and happy guests.

Hotel energy management system

Installing a building management system (BMS) is the ultimate way to control your hotel’s heating. A fully optimised BMS can monitor rooms and automatically regulate temperature, saving your business up to 10% on your energy bills every year.

How to update your piping and plumbing

Insulate pipes

It’s essential to insulate your pipes, to make sure you’re not losing any heat. The ideal temperature for your hot water is around 60°C, and insulation can help you achieve and maintain this temperature easily.

Use spray taps

Spray taps turn water into fine particles, to help reduce the amount of hot water that’s used. This, in turn, reduces the amount of energy used to heat water.

Fix leaks promptly

Tending to maintenance issues straight away can help reduce the amount of energy that is wasted through issues such as leaks and burst pipes.

How to upgrade your lighting

Use light sensors

You can reduce the amount of electricity your hotel uses by using motion sensor devices to control your lighting. These devices will automatically turn lights off when rooms are empty, which can be particularly useful for cellars and function rooms, for instance.

Switch to low energy light bulbs

You can reduce the amount of energy used by lighting by up to 80% simply by switching your traditional light bulbs to more energy efficient alternatives. Plus, energy efficient bulbs can last up to eight times longer than standard bulbs, so you won’t need to replace them as often.

Other energy-saving ideas

Defrost fridges and freezers regularly

Faulty fridge seals don’t cost much to replace, but they could cost your business a small fortune in wasted electricity. Make sure you maintain and defrost your fridges regularly to avoid this unnecessary expense.

Use energy efficient devices in rooms

Hotel rooms often have lots of appliances, such as TVs, radios, hair dryers and kettles. To make sure these devices don’t impact your bottom line, it’s worth spending a little more upfront to get energy efficient models – you’ll recoup the expense with the savings you make in electricity costs.

Keep doors closed where possible

Leaving doors open means rooms are not heated and cooled efficiently. Use swing door operators to make sure doors always close properly after guests.

How to get the best gas and electricity prices for hotels

To make sure your hotel is saving as much as possible on its energy bills, it’s essential to switch to the cheapest business gas or electricity deal available. At UKPower we have access to cheap business energy deals across the market, from a wide range of suppliers. We can help you to find the best deal for your hotel, and we make the process of switching supplier really easy too. To find out more, call us on 0800 688 8773__ or click the links to get an online quote for your business gas or business electricity.

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