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How Hotels Manage Energy in the Summer Heat

Ah, summer! The season of sun, sand, and sizzling temperatures. We enjoy basking on the beaches of Rhode Island when we get a chance to visit from Wisconsin. While vacationers are basking on sandy beaches or exploring local attractions, hotels are working behind the scenes to keep things comfortable and efficient. Managing energy during the hot summer months is no small feat, but with a little ingenuity and the right tools, hotels can keep cool without breaking the bank. Let’s look at how hotels are wrangling energy costs while ensuring guests have a breezy, delightful stay. Because who doesn’t want a breezy delightful stay, am I right?

The Challenge of Summer Heat 

Summer brings a special set of challenges for hotels. Air conditioners are running overtime, lights are on longer, and there’s a constant demand for refreshing showers. With energy bills soaring, hotels need to be smart about how they manage their resources. That’s where energy management systems (EMS) come into play, acting like the trusty sidekick every hotel needs. 

 The Heroes of Energy Management 

  1. Smart Thermostats: The Ultimate Sidekick 

Imagine a thermostat that knows when you’re in the room and adjusts the temperature just right. Smart thermostats are like that friend who always knows when to bring you a cold drink. They learn guest habits and adjust temperatures, accordingly, ensuring rooms are cool when occupied and saving energy when they’re empty. 

  1. Automated Lighting: Bright Ideas

 Ever walked into a hotel room and found the lights already on? With automated lighting, sensors detect movement and adjust lighting as needed. It’s like having your own personal light show, minus the wasted energy. Lights turn off when no one’s around, keeping those electricity bills in check. 

  1. Energy Monitoring: The Watchful Guardian

An EMS keeps a watchful eye on the hotel’s energy use, spotting inefficiencies faster than you can say “heatwave.” By monitoring everything from air conditioning to water heating, these systems help hotels pinpoint where they’re using the most energy and find ways to cut back. 

 Simple Strategies for Big Savings 

 Sunblock for Your Hotel: Shading and Insulation  

Just like you wouldn’t head to the beach without sunscreen, hotels use shading and insulation to protect against the summer sun. Installing reflective window films, drawing blinds during peak sunlight hours, and adding extra insulation can keep interiors cooler and reduce the load on air conditioning systems.  

Cool Common Areas: Smart Ventilation

 Keeping lobbies, restaurants, and other common areas cool is crucial. Hotels use smart ventilation systems that adjust based on occupancy and outdoor temperatures. It’s like opening a window at just the right time to let in a cool breeze, without the guesswork. 

 Oh, the Benefits of the Energy-Savvy 

Managing energy wisely during the summer isn’t just about cutting costs; it’s also about creating a better experience for guests. When rooms are cool, lights are just right, and the pool is inviting, guests are happy. Plus, there’s a warm, fuzzy feeling that comes from knowing you’re staying somewhere that cares about the planet. Plus, hotels that embrace energy management become greener, more efficient, and more appealing to eco-conscious travelers.   

So, next time you check into a hotel during the sizzling summer months, take a moment to appreciate the cool comfort of your room and the pleasant ambiance of the lobby. Behind the scenes, a clever mix of technology and smart strategies is hard at work, making sure your stay is not only enjoyable but also energy-efficient.