Hotel Energy Cash Drains

Jun 14, 2013

Stuart Smith

Stuart Smith

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Much has been written (especially by me) about controlling hotel energy costs. However, sometimes we just need a little more visualization. So behold my free form drawing of a hotel with the major areas of energy use.

Before you ask, I, ummmm, ummmm, did not do well in art classes. I was much better in Physics – lol. The point to be made is that even in the squarest of hotels and lodges energy use is dominated by the heating, ventilation and cooling (HVAC), lighting and amenities (hot water, kitchens, laundry, pools etc.).

Taking better care of the assets that eat energy can easily save 10-15% in operating costs that flows directly to the bottom line. In contrast, poorly maintained assets will add to operating costs and also lead to guest dissatisfaction, leaving hotels with very expensive room costs and no one in them.

If your hotel’s operating expenses are a million dollars or more, a 10-15% savings can be used to help hire new staff, upgrade equipment, perform renovations, or can be added to the profit.

Hotel Maintenance = Planning, Staffing and Technology

The key to controlling these costs is not to go light on maintenance (planning, staffing and technology). To control energy it is imperative to use all three. I almost drew another picture but I have not been able to stop laughing at the photo above yet so instead I have a short easy to read list.

The quality of hotel maintenance determines how much energy assets use. The backbone of every good maintenance program is proactive asset care. Proactive asset care enables the inspections of assets so that problems can be identified, scheduled and fixed before they become major repairs or capital budget items.

Proactive Maintenance Examples

  • Make sure energy efficiency is not inhibited by such things as restricted HVAC airflows, leaks and corrosion.
  • Ensure that lighting occupancy sensors are in place and working in addition to making sure energy efficient bulbs are being used.
  • Make sure kitchen and laundry (K & L) equipment is functioning properly.
  • Makes sure that the pool filter is changed and the pipes are not leaking.
  • Ensure all electrical and fuel monitoring devices are functioning properly.
  • 80% of all work management is planned.

Obviously, to have a proactive hotel maintenance operation, management must always know the location and condition of each asset at all times. This is why the heart of hotel energy management is dependent on the use of technology.

For example; EAM CMMS software is one solution that offers hotels the tools they need to keep track of all assets as well as make work management more effective and efficient.

Upon implementation, EAM CMMS software creates a database of all assets including location, condition, work history, life expectancy, serial number and so on. It also includes the tools needed for automating inspections, work requests and work orders.

With an EAM CMMS in place, assets care and maintenance teams can now be scheduled for better proactive maintenance.

Stuart Smith

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