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High energy efficiency can have an immediate positive effect on your operating budgets.
The first step you should take is to develop an energy management program. An energy management program studies electricity usage, how and where electricity is used and evaluates ways to save in order to reduce and implement electricity conservation measures to increase a building’s operating efficiency. It can also involve training employees on electricity-saving steps they can take.
Disclaimer: Figures are based on Hawaiian Electric Company data and an average electric consumption of 16 kilowatt hour/square-foot-year. Electricity use is affected by weather; number of occupants; building size and thermal integrity; cooling, heating, and water systems; and miscellaneous equipment.
HVAC may account for 40 to 50 percent of total electricity usage, so energy conservation measures for HVAC can have the greatest impact on electric bills.
Here are some ways to save energy on HVAC systems:
Lighting may account for more than 20 percent of the total electricity used by a hotel. A lot of hotel lighting is still comprised of inefficient incandescent bulbs. We have a number of rebates and measures that can help store lighting become even more energy-efficient which include:
Hot water is used for showers, hand-washing and restaurant operations. Energy conservation measures that can be implemented include:
Miscellaneous equipment, such as room electronics, office equipment, cash registers and elevators can amount to more than 20 percent of electricity used in a hotel. Consider purchasing ENERGY STAR® qualified electronics that are more energy-efficient than non-qualified products. Finally, ensure that equipment is well-maintained to maximize energy savings.
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