Tips for Lodging
- Install occupancy sensors or turn lights off in unoccupied areas, (storage, break rooms, walk-in coolers), and take advantage of daylight from windows and skylights where possible.
- Use timers and keep them properly set for exterior lighting.
- Replace incandescent and halogen bulbs with ENERGY STAR® qualified compact fluorescent or LED bulbs.
- Use LED lamps for exit signs instead of incandescent bulbs.
- Replace T12 fixtures with High-performance T8s (HPT8s) or T5 lighting systems.
- Install dimmable ballasts and lighting controls to enable you to control light levels.
Heating & Cooling
- Install energy management systems in guestrooms, meeting rooms, and other public spaces. Check equipment regularly (evaporative coolers, fans, pumps, etc.) for proper operation and maintenance needs.
- Check all ductwork for air leaks and repair where appropriate. Air ducts should be cleaned monthly.
- Install draperies with thermal reflective liners.
- Watch for scale build-up in boilers, water heaters, cooling towers, humidifiers, washing machines, dishwashers, and shower heads. Hard water that leaves scale build-up results in more energy consumed. Water conditioning can address scale issues.
- Weather-stripping on outside entrances typically lasts less than two years. Placing a brush-type of weather-stripping that does not affect the operation of the door and that provides a good seal from the outside cold weather will pay handsome dividends.
- Hire an energy expert to conduct an audit of your inn or hotel.
- Install energy misers on vending machines.
Operations & Maintenance
- Shut down office equipment such as photocopiers, and activate “sleep” mode on computers and monitors.
- In swimming pools, remove foreign material from the strainer baskets in the skimmer and pump regularly to maximize water recirculation.
- Implement an employee energy-awareness program and encourage them to report energy waste to managers and maintenance or engineering personnel.
- Beware of energy vultures: plugged in appliances, computers, radios, clocks, and other items that are on around the clock.
- Train housekeepers to turn off lighting and heating and cooling equipment when not needed.
Adapted from Green Lodging News.