Making Guests MORE Comfortable While Saving You MORE Money:
In the highly competitive lodging industry, room rates cannot be raised easily, so reducing costs can be a significant means of increasing margins and profits. After labor costs, energy expenses represent the greatest portion of the annual operating budget for hotels and motels. With energy costs rising, it makes sense to invest in building upgrades that can help keep these costs down. The EPA estimates that each 10 percent reduction in energy use is equivalent to improving average room rate by $1.35 in full-service hotels ($0.62 for limited-service hotels).
Common reasons for initiating energy-related upgrades in hotels and motels include:
- Customer complaints
- Corporate sustainability policies
- Frequent equipment malfunctions and shortened equipment lifetime due to years of deferred maintenance
- Additions to buildings and existing spaces that haven’t been accompanied by corresponding changes to heating and cooling systems
- Previous attempts to reduce energy use by inappropriate measures, such as covering vents
- Major pieces of capital equipment or building elements, such as a boiler or a roof, that are nearing the end of their useful life
Benefits of Guestroom Control Systems
The primary benefit of guestroom control systems is that they reduce energy use. By either setting back the thermostat or shutting the HVAC unit off when the room is unsold, they reduce cooling and heating energy use.
A second benefit is that guestroom controls reduce peak demand. Hotel rooms are frequently unoccupied during afternoon hours when electricity demand is highest. By reducing peak loads, there is an opportunity to downsize central cooling systems, qualify for DR programs and, utility demand charges are also reduced.
Our guestroom control systems integrates with energy management systems, front desk systems, and building management systems which offer centralized control of room comfort.
One advantage of centralized control is that the system can apply a wider temperature setback when a room is unsold since it does not need to be ready to return to a target occupancy temperature on as short of notice. This wider temperature setback results in greater energy savings. The centralized control also permits the implementation of building-wide demand management strategies when desired.
Our product offers additional features such as displaying occupancy status to housekeeping staff so that they do not disturb a guest. While this feature does not have direct energy benefits, they may lead to a more pleasant stay for guests.