Energy Saving Week Day Four - Lighting

As a Quality in Tourism member you will know that we’re always looking for offers that will benefit you and improve your bottom line. If you want to find out more about member exclusive deals, have a look at our members’ area by logging in at http://www.qualityintourism.com/login/ . Sometimes, we don’t need special offers to save money, as small changes to your business can have the biggest impact. Whether you’re a large hotel or a small B&B, your energy costs will have a big impact on your commercial success this year. Today’s topic is lighting - something that we all use and that most of us can make more efficient. Modern low-energy bulbs are attractive and provide very good light output. Upgrade any standard light bulbs to compact fluorescent lamps (CFL), which use up to 75% less energy, produce less unwanted heat and last 8-10 times longer, or LEDs, which use up to 80% less energy and provide around 50,000 hours of use. Consider occupancy-linked controls, which switch energy consuming services down or off when a guest vacates a room. Some systems can be controlled from the front desk, enabling activation of lighting, heating and ventilation when guests arrive. Other systems are based on key-card access or occupancy sensors that manage services based on room occupancy. Many of these systems achieve significant savings and could pay back their installation costs within 1-3 years. Remember – you can save money by reducing your consumption, but you should also make sure you’ve got a good deal with your energy supplier. npower has joined forces with Quality in Tourism to create a great offer for your business – find out more at www.npower.com/qit. Source Hospitality - Saving energy without compromising service, Carbon Trust. Food and drink processing - Introducing energy saving opportunities for business, Carbon Trust.
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