Determining Your Hotel's Energy Efficiency Needs
Should You Choose an Energy Audit or Retro-Commissioning?
By Jerry Schmits Director, KLH Energy Solutions | May 18, 2014
Hotels operate on a stringent 24/7 operational model. They offer both high-quality accommodations and numerous amenities, including on-site offices, world-class fitness centers, spas, heated swimming pools, 24-hour restaurants, and more. These perks add to guest comforts but also increase total energy cost.
In fact, the average hotel spends $2,196 per available room each year on energy, according to 2007 Energy Star data. That equates to 6 percent of total hotel operating costs. What's worse, hotels face unpredictable energy demands compared to other buildings, with energy usage fluctuating based on occupancy levels and whether guests are focused on business or pleasure.
While hotel energy consumption can seem staggering, the plethora of services and amenities offer numerous opportunities for energy savings. The challenge for hotel owners is deciding the optimal route to energy reduction.
Two methods top the list: energy audits and retro-commissioning. In order to choose the best course of action for a specific hotel property, owners must assess the two methods and identify which solution would have the greatest impact on their building.
The two processes tackle energy usage from different angles, so here's a guide to what each entails and how it can improve hotel operations.
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