Energy Saving Week Day One - Heating

Controlling your energy use can often make conditions more comfortable for your guests and customers - and comfortable customers will be encouraged to return. Some customers may be more inclined to choose accommodation that limits the impact on the environment and some are even prepared to pay a premium for this. This week we’ll be focusing on different ways to help make your accommodation more energy efficient. Today, we take a look at your heating. Heating can account for more than 40% of energy use in non-domestic buildings which means there are big opportunities to make savings. A good starting point is to know the recommended temperatures for specific areas in your business and use that as a guide, for example, guest bathrooms should be 26-27°C. Avoid overheating guest bedrooms as this may affect the quality of guests' rest and relaxation. 19-21°C is a good temperature for a comfortable night's sleep so make sure your controls are set accordingly. Have boilers serviced regularly by a reputable firm. A well looked after boiler could potentially save 5% on your annual heating costs, and help to avoid inconvenient and costly breakdowns. Some areas in larger buildings like hotels need different levels of heating. Zoned areas will provide closer, more efficient heating control which can improve comfort conditions and help save on costs. Hotels with zoned areas could turn heating down or even off on unoccupied floors. 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 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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