Lighting in accommodation units can account for up to 25 percent of their total electricity consumption. However, hoteliers can rely on the wide range of energy-efficient lamps available on the market to save energy and reduce costs. For example compact fluorescent lamps can easily replace the traditional tungsten light bulbs used in standard light fittings. As these lamps consume 75 percent less energy and last eight to ten times longer than tungsten light bulbs, they are cost effective lighting option. Energy-efficient lamps should also be used in high output applications such as the metal halide and high pressure sodium lamps that often are used in gardens and other outdoor areas. Motion sensors which turn lights on as people approach can be used either indoors or outdoors. These are simple to install and could save a lot of energy when used to control lights in areas that often remain unoccupied for long periods of time. Photocells which are designed to turn lights on only when there’s insufficient natural light are another good example of effective energy conservation devices. Notwithstanding these measures, it’s
equally important to assess the amount of lighting provided. Excessive lighting is wasteful, even when
the light fittings are equipped with energy-efficient lamps. Accommodation units should refrain from
providing more light than needed. Limit the amount of decorative lighting
used and turn all decorative lights off when the guests are asleep. It’s not just lighting which can benefit
from having automatic controls, other electrical equipment can be
controlled by timing devices to ensure they only run when necessary.
Jacuzzi pumps can be controlled by electronic or windup timers to ensure they switch off after an appropriate time. Similarly the pumps driving these pool
features are designed to turn off after a few minutes, again reducing power consumption. Even if energy-efficient equipment and systems have been installed, common sense should be exercised when
they’re operated. Accommodation units often leave a surprisingly large number of lights, air conditioning units, and other appliances on unnecessarily. In order to save energy and
extend the service life of the equipment you should train your staff to turn off
all lights and equipment that are not needed. This rule applies equally to
public areas and back-of-house areas such as kitchens, laundries, mechanical rooms, storerooms, and offices.