Energy Benchmarking: Tracking Real Time Hotel Energy Usage
By Scott Parisi President, EcoGreen Energy Solutions | May 14, 2017
What does clean energy mean to you? Electricity usage usually receives the most focus as the monthly statement is normally the largest utility bill a hotelier pays. Natural Gas and/or Propane runs a close second when looking at energy expenses due to the large consumption of hot water demand for guest room showers, on-site laundry operations, seasonal heating loads and pool operations. Water consumption historically has not had the attention paid to it, as it deserves.
In my future time on this earth, I do not foresee a day where we will not have the ability to produce electric or have access to fossil fuels. Conversely, we have already witnessed regions throughout the United States where we have had water shortages driving dramatic increases in water and sewer costs. Water is energy. And it should be a key driver in any facility benchmarking or sustainability reduction plan.
You Can't Manage What You Don't Measure
This is a phrase broadly utilized throughout the hospitality industry regarding energy and water benchmarking. This mantra has fueled most of the industry leaders to unveil tools over the past several years. Major brands now allow, and in many instances, require their individual properties to report their electric, fossil fuels and water usage. Almost all of these platforms go well beyond energy bench marking and conservation planning to include waste management, office supply conservation, energy saving project planning, and suggest environmentally friendly best practices.
Beyond the utilization of these brand tools to drive down your energy bills, this same information is becoming critical when responding to RFPs (request for proposals) and winning business for your property.
Below are examples of programs available across the industry:
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