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Hotel room monitoring reduces energy by 40%

Hotels can save 40 per cent of energy consumption if they re-evaluate the time that rooms are occupied, according to ebm-papst

The claim comes as the company hosts a series of free to attend seminars, which aim to educate different sectors on energy saving, which

The latest seminar focused on the hospitality industry and revealed that hotels can save 40 per cent of energy consumption if they re-evaluate the time that rooms are occupied.

In a statement the company said: “Most hotels account for guests being in their rooms 24 hours a day, with amenities being on all day long.  In fact, hotels may find that rooms are empty for as many as 10 hours a day and don’t therefore require services such as air conditioning over this period.

According to the Carbon Trust the hospitality sector is responsible for over 3.5 million tonnes of carbon emissions per year, and it is estimated that energy savings of up to 20 per cent, equivalent to more than £200 million, are possible across the sector.

Mark Sait, SaveMoneyCutCarbon.com Director and Founder, who was a speaker at ebm-papst’s hospitality seminar, said: “We have been looking at new tools to measure existing energy consumption and save on it.  By simply reviewing usage touch points, such as tap and shower fittings, heating and air conditioning units and lighting the hospitality sector can make huge savings.”

Robert Harness, ebm-papst Business Development Manager, says: “A retrofit upgrade from AC to EC fan technology in HVAC equipment can pay dividends for the hospitality sector.  Results include energy savings of up to 66 per cent, with additional savings being made possible by utilising the EC fans built in control functionality, enabling fans to work at a very low level while rooms are not occupied. In addition there is also a reduction in noise level – hugely important when considering air-con systems in hotel rooms at night.

“You can set the room temperature and EC fans can modulate gently, instead of the occupant having to blast the room with warm then cold air. EC fans are not only less noisy, but they provide better room conditions for guests too.”

The CMI Green Traveller Study Report has revealed that almost 30 per cent of business travellers cited environmental practices as a “top five” selection criterion when choosing a hotel.  This correlates with data from the Samsung Electronics study in Europe, which disclosed that 29% of the general public said that they would choose an “eco-friendly” hotel if one was offered by a popular travel booking site.”

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