Conserving energy in less-accessed areas3 Jun, 2013 By: Elliott Mest Hotel and Motel Management
|Many properties that rely on meetings business find that organizations are more likely to work with hotels investing in energy savings. Pictured here, the Las Vegas Sands Hotel & Casino.|
Energy is best conserved by reducing the number of necessary components under operation at a given time. Installing sensors for lighting in public areas can keep electrical systems off or running low to the point where the sensors quickly pay for themselves. The correct placement of guest-sensing controls is the key to making them work, as they are not ideal for main public areas but excellent for less-frequently-traveled areas.
“Using control systems to moderate lighting in conference rooms can save a lot of money, even if the lights are just being dimmed when the rooms are not in use,” said Matt Tavernelli, brand manager for intelligent devices at GE.
Travernelli also recommends sensors are used in corridors or stairs, where lighting is unnecessary until a guest enters the area. Photo sensors can also be used to pick up on outside light and use that data to control the light that the hotel is providing in contrast.
“There are a lot of windows in hotels, and photo sensors work well with dimmable lights to gradually control energy output as sunlight enters or exits a room,” Travernelli said. “This way the hotel isn’t providing unnecessary light, and these systems can be easily added to existing infrastructures.”
The benefits of proper energy-management controls carry over to the meetings and events market, where many firms now primarily turn to those hotels that are mindful of their carbon footprint.
“If your property relies on meetings business, these controls are good to have because planners are looking for properties with an interest in sustainability practices,” said John Tavares, director of marketing at Inncom. “It’s becoming an established belief that meetings hotels are going to do right by the environment. Relying on housekeeping to turn the lights off when they are done cleaning a room doesn’t cut it anymore.”
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