How small hotels can save money on their operating costs
There’s no denying that hotels are expensive to run. The Carbon Trust estimates that the annual energy costs for the hospitality industry exceeded £1.3 billion as of 2018. So if you’re one of the small hotels that’s feeling the pinch. Here are a few ways that you can reduce your costs via energy savings and investments in technology.
Lower your hotel heating costs
Try to avoid overheating your corridors and bedrooms. You should be aiming for a temperature between 19-21°C. Any higher and it can become uncomfortable for your guests. Worse still, your guests may choose to use air conditioning to lower the temperature – further increasing your costs.
To ensure you are getting the most from your heating system, make sure sure you get your boiler serviced regularly. You should also include manual checks of your own for draughts, excess sunlight, poor insulation and underperforming heaters or radiators. You’d be surprised how much money you can save on heating just by making a few simple changes.
Don’t overheat your water
Heat your water to around 60°C to ensure a comfortable temperature for guests and enough heat to kill bacteria. You can also switch to spray nozzles on your taps to reduce the amount of water used by up to ten litres a minute.
Also, ensure that leaky taps get repaired as quickly as possible. Even a slow drip of 60 drops per minute can result in a yearly cost of £8.97. Now multiply that by the number of leaky taps in your hotel.
Reduce your hotel air conditioning costs
A common problem in hot air conditioning is the automatic operation of the cooling and heating systems simultaneously – resulting in a needless waste of energy. To prevent these two systems operating at the same time, set your heating to switch off at 21°C. You can then create a temperature “dead zone” of around 5°C, with the air conditioning kicking in when the temperature exceeds 26°C
Get smarter with your hotel lighting
Cut the cost of lighting your hotel by installing occupancy and daylight sensors. Smarter lighting will ensure that your hotel lights are only on when they are required. Take this tip to the next level by replacing your lights with energy-saving equivalents – such as T5 tubes or compact fluorescent or LED lamps. Doing so could reduce your electricity consumption by up to 80% as well as lower wasted heat.
Switch to pay as you go hotel linen cleaning
If you are cleaning and drying your own linen, you could be dealing with a lot of difficult to track costs. This includes labour, maintenance, chemicals and energy. Additionally, if you’ve invested in expensive linen, you may find that your equipment isn’t up to the task of caring for delicate fabrics.
Switching to a pay as you go provider for your linen cleaning means that you only pay for what you use. A professional linen cleaning provider is also likely to be using high-quality equipment that will extend the life-cycle of your expensive linen and towels.
Replacing old electrical items
It may seem like a costly investment, but replacing a fridge freezer with an A++ rated unit will save you money through reduced electrical costs over time. The same applies to air conditioning units and other energy-hungry appliances throughout your hotel.
If replacing items isn’t possible, you should aim to perform regular maintenance. This includes cleaning condensers, evaporators, and checking the seals on fridges and cold rooms. You can also sign up to appliance and electrical cover with companies such as British Gas.
Catering for reduced costs
A lot of savings are possible in the kitchen without needing to invest in new equipment. Such as training staff on energy-saving measures, including:
- Turning off equipment when not in use
- Using correctly sized saucepans and pots
- Only heating the required amount of water
- Labelling equipment with precise preheating times
- Keeping fridge and freezer doors closed
- Only using the dishwasher when it is full
- Regularly defrosting fridges and freezers
The key takeaway
Running a small hotel can be challenging. So it’s natural to be apprehensive about investing in new technologies or expensive energy-saving measures. That said, it’s better to invest now and reap the savings in the long-term.
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