Energy cost for hotels, motels and in the hospitality industry in general are one of the highest expenses in your operating budget.
As a manager for a large hotel or independent motel, energy cost eat directly into your profits. However, your facility can realize enormous energy savings by adopting an energy efficient lighting strategy. This can be done all at once, or phased in over time as existing lights need to be replaced. Sooner or later LED bulbs and fixtures will become the norm as older types of lights are phased out by the Federal government.
Starting in 2014 incandescent light bulbs are not being manufactured by will be difficult to even find on the store shelves.
CFL bulbs use about two-thirds less energy than standard incandescent light bulbs and can be the easiest, most direct way to adopt energy-efficient lighting. Although CFLs had an early reputation for being limited in style and producing less light than their incandescent counterparts, those limitations in CFLs are less. They also comes in a wide variety of styles and sizes and are just as bright. CFLs are more expensive than incandescent bulbs but they can last six to 10 times longer and save you about $25 to $30 in electricity costs over the lifetime of a single bulb. Better yet, go with a high quality LED light. Better lighting, no UV and they can in some replacement situations pay for themselves in a few years. Make sure to compare lumens not just watts. Watts represent the amount of energy used while lumens indicate brightness.
Replace “conventional” fluorescent tubes with LEDs
Many lodging facilities use fluorescent lighting in high traffic areas such as the lobby or office area. Consider swapping out your old fluorescent lamps with energy-efficient LEDs lamps that use 50-60% percent less electricity. These models are marked “T-12,” “T-8,” or “T-5,” which represents the diameter of the bulb in eighth-inches (for example, a T-12 lamp is 12/8 inch, or 1 1/2 inches, in diameter). It’s best to hire a LED lighting specialist like Brite LED Lighting since you’ll need to bypass the ballast and have some minor wiring work done.
Ballrooms, lobby areas and walkways are a sound investment since aesthetics are important (more than cost) for hotels
Automate the controls in guest rooms with an energy harvesting system
Consider installing a key tag system at the entrance of each guest room. The system uses a room key-card to activate and deactivate a master switch that turns on power to the room when guests are present and turns it off when guests leave. This technique ensures that only occupied rooms consume energy. Lighting, heating, air conditioning, radio and television can all be connected to the master switch. Brite LED Lighting is a distributor for several types of wireless systems which can help a hotel conserve energy cost, both lighting and HVAC.
Install a wireless energy management system in each room
Use passive infrared wireless motions to control lighting according to occupancy. These devices turn lights on when motion is detected and turn lights off when motion is no longer detected. These sensors can also activate the PTAC unit (A/C) so air conditioning isn’t running when no one is in the room. A hotel can save up to 50% of their HVAC cost when systems like Verve are installed in each room, and the ROI is very short.
Install EXIT signs that use LEDs
One of the advantages of LEDs is that they produce bright light while using about 95 percent less electricity than incandescent bulbs and 75 percent less than CFLs. Another advantage is that they last for about 20 years. Installing EXIT signs that use LEDs for illumination will not only save money, it will virtually eliminate the need to replace bulbs in the signs.
Add lighting controls
Installing lighting controls that use photo sensors to monitor daylight conditions is a great way to ensure that lights work only when needed. While a common solution is to turn on outdoor lighting fixtures at dusk and turn them off at dawn, lights using photo sensors are also a good choice for interior lighting in common areas with many windows that may not need lighting during much of the day. While on/off switches work well, there are also options for stepped controls and for continuous dimming controls, which are aesthetically appealing and offer the greatest energy savings.
Replace high intensity discharge (HID) exterior lighting
Finally, make sure the exterior of your hotel or motel takes advantage of LED lighting technology. Savings can be as much as 80% with the same number of lumens when replacing an HID or HPS type of outside light.
Have you adopted energy-efficient lighting for your hotel or resort, we would enjoy sharing your story. Please let us know if you have other useful lighting tips for energy conversation minded businesses like Brite LED Lighting!