Controlling Hotel Building Costs in Chicago For Summer Travelers


Water parks are opening their doors for the summer. Resorts are at full capacity with vacationers, and people are having a fun time in new and distant places around the world. Hotels are experiencing their peak seasons as rooms are getting booked out weeks in advance. With the number of guests sleeping, eating, and partaking in hotel amenities, a facility manager can find the building’s energy consumption increasing substantially.

Controlling hotel building costs to stay in budget while still creating a pleasing and memorable experience is a tough balancing act for building managers. Creating an energy management plan will allow you to understand your present energy consumption and create actionable steps to reduce utility usage in measurable ways.

Energy Management Plans and Programs

An energy management program allows you to fully evaluate the hotel’s energy use in every area of the building and at different hours of the day. This assessment then delves deeper to see where energy consumption is higher or being wasted needlessly. Then you can create energy saving opportunities so you can better focus your time and energy on reducing energy waste that will give measurable savings in both costs and building efficiency.

Your management plan can provide details regarding the steps that hotel employees will take toward reducing energy consumption. It should also establish a future target goal, such as reducing energy use by 10% every year. With this program in place, you can study key performance indicators and see if they are achieving desired benchmark goals.

Tips to Lowering Your Hotel’s Energy Consumption

There are a variety of ways to lower your utility usage, depending on the size and type of hotel. Here are several tips you can implement throughout your facility.

Lighting Options

A quarter of the energy consumption in a hotel goes toward the lighting. There will be areas where the lights will have to be on all day and night. Occupancy sensors are a viable option so that certain areas will have the light turn off or output lowered when there is no one around and will automatically turn on when a person enters. Also, consider daylight sensors on lights so you can switch over to using natural light more efficiently. Additional options include timers, switching to energy-efficient lighting options, and turning off non-essential lights such as ones used in vending machines.

Water Options

A lot of the high water consumption usage involves guests using a lot of water and the facility heating hot water up for use. You can install low flow toilets in hotel rooms and faucets with automatic on/off sensors in kitchens and public restrooms to control water consumption. If your hotel offers hot tubs, consider using solar heating systems.

Heating and Cooling Options

Heating and cooling equipment should be serviced on a yearly basis to maintain peak efficiency. To control room temperatures, seal up all cracks and close drapes to unoccupied rooms to prevent heat penetration. Reduce HVAC usage on empty floors when there is lower occupancy. Assign guests to adjoining rooms so that the HVAC systems don’t work overtime as the cooler air in those rooms won’t be drawn out faster by hot, unoccupied spaces next to them.

By using these energy consumption tips and creating an energy management plan, you can keep your utility costs within budget. You can also set into motion energy-efficiency options so you can steadily decrease consumption on a yearly basis while guests can still fully enjoy your hotel.