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Energy Efficiency in Hotels: An Opportunity To Save

The hospitality industry faces many energy challenges. Energy conservation affects the bottom line of any business, but in a field that requires heavily on a sterling reputation, green initiatives can often be the decisive factor for guests choosing where to stay or where to host their next event or conference.

Today, travelers are informed and educated on the environmental efforts of the business they patronize. In such a competitive industry, making your sustainability efforts known is an extension of the efforts you make to save money and save energy. In many ways, sharing your environmental focus can help to push the whole industry forwards.

Energy Saving Opportunities in Hospitality

Energy efficiency in hotels comes down to three big opportunities:

  • Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning
  • Hot water
  • Lighting

Overall, energy efficiency initiatives and updates in older, less efficient facilities can save substantial amounts of energy and associated costs. A comprehensive hospitality energy audit forecasts a 30-50% overall energy reduction, with HVAC and hot water expected to save 20% per year and lighting roughly 30%.

As hotels look to measure the benefits, they can get granular. By saving energy, hotels can save make an additional $1.35 on their daily room rate when they make these energy investments.

Hotel Energy Assessment

To get started, Keen Technical Solutions begins a hospitality energy assessment with a thorough in-person audit of the facility. This can take hours or days to complete, analyzing the entire property to look for energy-saving opportunities.

Energy Billing and Data Collection

Numbers don’t lie. By looking at several years’ worth of energy bills and compiling the data, we can create a holistic view of energy use and experience annually, seasonally, and how each additional guest contributes to the total. We’ll look at how those three main energy segments contribute to energy costs and create a list of recommendations.

Hotel Energy Efficiency Upgrades

We don’t just tell you what you should do. Our team includes a full team of technicians to make the changes necessary to meet your company’s green initiative. From upgrading lighting fixtures room by room or implementing a Combined Heat and Power (CHP), we implement all of the solutions we recommend to our own exacting standards.

Our micro CHP installation with A.O. Smith and the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa was one of our most successful projects and just one example of focusing on providing solutions for any industry to make strides toward a more sustainable future.

Ready to learn how Keen Technical Solutions can make an impact on your hospitality business? Let’s talk.

Ventilation In 21 New York City Schools Need Work

Ventilation can help us all breathe easier. Buildings across the country have been working hard to bring workers and students back safely. Schools have had a unique opportunity to get things right; time. How have schools done with the summer months to reopen?

In April, New York City was the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States and the world. For weeks, its healthcare system was held together by sheer determination, with millions of people observing strict lockdown guidelines to flatten the curve. One of the earliest moves was to close schools across the city, a reaction that put a strain on all residents. The strain was worth it. Today, New York City and indeed New York state seems to be one of the most successful locations to have dealt with its outbreak.

However, all of that progress could be put into jeopardy over the coming weeks. Tens of thousands of students are heading back to school in-person. Earlier this summer, school officials pushed back the official start of face-to-face instruction to give educators and administration more time to adjust, test, and prepare. Just this week, however, twenty-one schools across the city advised teachers to stay home. Staff had been reporting to schools to prepare for school and to undergo annual professional development classes. 

There is optimism that even the worst of those twenty-one schools could still be safe by the September 21 back-to-school date. The administration is working with a number of local contractors to make the necessary ventilation and HVAC improvements necessary to get those facilities up to the COVID-19 standards now in place. 

While children currently account for just 3.3% of New York City’s coronavirus cases, that low rate of illness is likely thanks to such quick school closures and strict guidelines that canceled everything from class to team sports to events. To get back to school safely, proper HVAC and ventilation systems, including adequate air purification fixtures, will be vital. 

At Keen, we’ve been working with Michigan schools and businesses to keep people safe. To learn more, call us today to schedule your COVID-19 consultation.