Ten Proven Strategies to Achieve Safe, Cost-Effective Energy and Waste Disposal for Your Hotel

If you’re looking to save money on your energy usage and waste disposal, here’s what you need to know.

Nordic Hotels offer Great Opportunities for Combined Heat and Power Systems

Nordic Hotels offer Great Opportunities for Combined Heat and Power Systems

Hotels and resorts worldwide are a major energy consumer, especially during peak travel times (usually the summer months) at any given destination. This can put a heavy strain on power grids in tourism areas. The low-hanging fruit in cost-saving in terms of carbon use are solar panels, LED lighting in continuously used public areas, and motion sensors that detect when lighting is required in spaces like corridors. In colder climates, combined heating and lighting also offers a quick return on investment while curbing carbon emissions.

One often overlooked aspect of cost-reduction is waste disposal. Many operators are unaware of new technologies that are able to reduce waste volumes, and in turn reduce costs associated with waste-removal and landfilling, as these are typically calculated based on weight.

Sustainability has become a major decision making factor for Guests

Sustainability has become a major decision making factor for Guests

There are other issues associated with waste disposal that may incur unnecessary external costs down the line. Many tourism destinations lack adequate infrastructure to dispose of waste effectively, which results in the waste coming back around to pollute the surroundings of your establishment. As this becomes more visually apparent, and as sustainability becomes increasingly important to guests when deciding where to travel, and where to stay — this could cost a lot in the long run.

We suggest the following steps if you are looking to increase your energy efficiency while reducing your energy costs. These progress from the more obvious primary steps, to more advanced measures, and finally, our new solution.

  1. Install a smart meter that collects your consumption data. Rather than settling for a monthly report, on how many kWh you have used, make sure you have a web visualizer, as the numbers alone will not necessarily point you in the right direction of making wiser investment decisions. We recommend a Google NEST setup for easy installation. Alternatively, check in with our partners from Schneider Electric if you’d prefer to opt for ModBus.

2. Install a heat meter in your hot water cycle. Again, this is vital for making better investment decisions in terms of implementing a combined heat and power system, heat pumps, and other solutions.

3. Monitor your entire energy consumption — including electric and thermal energy. We recommend Resource Advisor by Schneider Electric. While this service is a little on the pricier side, it’s easy to install and monitor as it is run from a Schneider-based server.

Steps 1, 2, and 3 will help you collect the data you need, but this is only the starting point.

4. Check out https://solargis.com/ to find out how much solar radiation you have available to you in your location. There are many ways to do this, but we recommend this service as a well-functioning, free starting point to compiling all the data you need.

5. Invest in a solar energy system that produces just below your current minimum day-time consumption. If you are currently paying more than 10 C/kWh, and are in a semi-sunny place, you cannot lose.

6. Conduct an assessment of your water pumps and swimming pool. If they are more than 10 years old, replacing them with a more efficient model will be a guaranteed way to save you money.

7. Assess your refrigeration system. If it’s more than 10 years old, consider installing a wall socket smart meter to check if your consumption is still within your manufacturers' parameters.

8. Any lamp that is used for more than 2 hours per day should be replaced with an LED light. Again, no matter what your current electricity costs are you cannot lose. Cheap LED’s are easily available at IKEA in many different varieties, so there is no excuse.

9. Use motion sensors in your corridors; they cost nothing, and can massively reduce your energy cost.

Hotels and Resorts often incur high Food-Waste Disposal Costs.

Hotels and Resorts often incur high Food-Waste Disposal Costs.

Now for our game-changing strategy:

10. Consider using ENTRADE X technology to convert your food and packaging waste into electricity, heat, and biochar for fertilizer.Depending on where you are located, your waste disposal costs could currently add up to thousands of dollars per month. In addition, aesthetic, odor, and logistics-related problems can further increase the external costs incurred by your current waste-disposal method. Our method ensures you dispose of your waste efficiently, while actually providing potential added-value by converting it into reusable materials.

Reducing energy costs is not a one-step procedure. However, through utilizing our ENTRADE X technology to optimize waste disposal, combined with implementing the previously mentioned steps, you may be able to reduce your energy consumption by up to 30 %, while reducing overall costs by up to 60%.

In some markets, with the right incentives, you may be able to even make money as a power provider or even be able to produce your own drinking water.

So, here are the basic rules:

  1. Know your data — how much energy do I really need, and when?

2. The best way to save energy is to use less — so energy efficiency first.

3. Renew outdated equipment such as air conditioners, pumps, and refrigerators.

4. Invest in solar energy — it has become so affordable that you cannot lose.

5. If lights are on for more than 2 hours per day, switch them for LEDs.

6. Use motion sensors to manage lighting in public spaces like corridors.

7. Consider installing combined heat and cooling for baseload power.

8. Assess your waste disposal method and costs and reach out to us for more information on ENTRADE X technology.

Article by Julian Uhlig www.julianuhlig.com