Utilities are a cost that every business must bear. When running a hotel, energy can account for 4-6% of your operating profits, which may not seem like a lot, but when you consider that hotels typically operate with small profit margins, a small change in energy consumption and cost could be hugely beneficial.
If you haven’t engaged with our energy bill in a while, chances are you’re paying significantly more than you need to for your energy.
If you’re concerned about the amount you’re spending on energy, the first step you take should be to check you’re on the cheapest available deal. You can find details of your current contract printed on your most recent bill.
It’s then worthwhile taking a look at UKPower.co.uk’s business energy comparison page to see what deals are available and make sure you’re getting the best price for the biggest savings.
There are also a number of other steps you can take to reduce the amount your hotel spends on gas and electricity, which will ultimately help improve your bottom line. These are explained in detail below.
Timed thermostats – Introducing timed thermostats and radiator valves into your hotel rooms can help reclaim control over your heating and prevent heaters being left 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% that you could be saving on your energy bills.
Constant temperatures – Spikes in temperature are costly for your business. A constant temperature between 19-21OC is the ideal temperature to strike a balance between happy guests and energy costs.
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.
Insulate pipes – Insulating your pipes is essential to ensure no heat is lost. The ideal temperature for your hot water is around 60OC, and insulation can help achieve and maintain the temperature easily.
Use spray taps – Many hotels use spray taps, a tap that turns water into fine particles, to help conserve the amount of hot water that is 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.
Use sensors – Using motion sensor devices to control your lighting can reduce electricity usage with little extra cost, by automatically turning lights off when rooms are empty. This can be particularly useful for cellars and function rooms, for instance.
Switch to low energy light bulbs – By simply switching your traditional light bulbs to more energy efficient alternatives, you can reduce the amount of energy consumed by lighting by up to 80%. In addition, energy efficient bulbs can also last up to eight times longer than standard bulbs.
Defrost fridges and freezers regularly – Faulty fridge seals are inexpensive to replace, but could cost your business a small fortune in electricity. Make sure you maintain and defrost your fridges regularly to avoid this unnecessary expense.
Use energy efficient devices in rooms – The number of appliances made available in hotel rooms is steadily increasing, such as TVs, radios, hair dryers and kettles. To make sure these devices do not impact your bottom line, it may be a good idea to spend a little more upfront on energy efficient models and then recoup your expenses with future savings.
Keep doors closed where possible – Leaving doors open means rooms are not heated and cooled efficiently. Use swing door operators to ensure doors close properly after guests.
To maximise the amount of money that your hotel can save on its energy bills, it is essential that you first switch onto the cheapest business gas or electricity deal available. At UKPower.co.uk we have access to cheap business energy prices across the market from a wide range of suppliers. We can help you to find the best energy deal for your hotel and we make the process of switching supplier really easy too. To find out more, call us today on 0800 326 5517 or click the links to get an online quote for your business gas or business electricity.