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Energy Efficiency Solutions for the Hospitality Industry
Enchance your property’s value, improve guest comfort and boost profitability through our turnkey energy efficiency solutions
THE CASE FOR LOWER ENERGY COSTS
Energy efficiency is now more important than ever
Over the last decade, hotels around the world have faced increasing financial challenges as margins and profitability have decreased. The hospitality industry as a whole is challenged with budgetary constraints, as the ongoing increases in energy costs have led to losses for many hotels and has tightly squeezed margins in others.
America’s 47,000+ hotels spend, on average, $2,196 per available room each year just on energy.
Plus, a recent TripAdvisor survey of 1,300 U.S. travelers revealed that nearly two-thirds of travelers – 62 percent – often or always consider environmental-friendliness when choosing a hotel, and 69 percent say they plan to make even more eco-friendly choices when making future hotel selections.
The percentage of travelers who consider a hotel’s efforts to reduce energy consumption as an important factor in selecting a hotel (source: TripAdvisor)
KNOW-HOW WHERE IT COUNTS
You need experienced energy professionals that you can trust
Finding the right energy efficiency solutions for your hotel is often either too confusing or outside your budget.
Onsite Utility Services Capital removes both of those barriers, making it possible for hospitality owners and operators to achieve their financial and environmental goals through improved, profitable and affordable energy efficiency programs.
With over a quarter-century of energy efficiency experience, we’ve been solving energy challenges for the hospitality industry longer than nearly anyone else.
of Proven Results
Solutions That Make Good Sense
Optimize your electricity costs
On your staff, not on your payroll
Clean up your laundry costs
The average voltage supplied in the U.S. is 493 volts – but most motors and equipment are optimized at 460 volts. So when the power company sends electricity to your hotel, that supply is almost always more than what you need – but the electric company still charges you for the entire supply.
And this is costing you money – and a lot of it – adding as much as 20% or more to your electricity bill. Plus, ‘overvoltage’ can dramatically shorten the life expectancy of equipment trying to handle the excess voltage (higher voltage is usually transformed into heat).
What you need is our power optimization program.
♦ By making sure you are only paying for the electricity your hotel property actually uses – and nothing more – you can see electric costs drop an average of 5-15% (in some cases, we have seen this to be as high as 21%).
♦ Voltage-sensitive equipment – such as induction motors found in HVAC systems, pumps, exhaust fans, and even some types of older lighting such as halogens and incandescents – are very susceptible to sudden changes in electrical voltage, causing repeated stress and heat which ultimately can reduce their life expectancy.
With power optimization, equipment lasts significantly longer.That means lower replacement and maintenance costs – your equipment will operate as efficiently as possible at all times, while the long-term usability of that equipment will be maximized.
Water and sewer expenses have always been a significant operating expense for hotels, and every indication is that it will only get more expensive in the years ahead.
This makes having a smart water efficiency solution a critical factor in keeping your operating costs under control.
But it’s not just about low flow faucets and modern toilets. To truly optimize your water costs, you need to ensure that only water is flowing through your meter, so you are only paying for water – and not air.
And then, of course, there are toilets. According to the American Water Works Association (AWWA), every day that a toilet leak goes undetected can result in as much as 300 gallons of water lost – per DAY. And that’s just for a single leaking toilet; multiply that by dozens – even hundreds – of toilets in your hotel that have even undetectable leaks, and the amount of money you’re flushing down the drain every day adds up rapidly.
For most hotels, lighting is a significant component of their electricity costs.
Although it can be a challenge to specifically pinpoint the exact monetary value of how efficient lighting impacts guest comfort, there is little doubt – and plenty of evidence – that guests have a better experience if they are in a hotel that has high-quality lighting.
Retrofit solutions commonly involve upgrading incandescent and fluorescent fixtures to more advanced, lower maintenance LED’s, in both rooms and in common areas. Additionally, more energy-saving solutions can include such things as lighting controls, motion sensors and adjustments to light color and intensity.
A hotel’s HVAC system has power requirements that make up a large amount of the building’s energy consumption. And the key to HVAC optimization starts with the operation of the chillers and chilled water pumps.
♦ Lower Electricity and Maintenance Costs: Advanced chiller optimization is commonly recognized as a proven and reliable way for hotels to reduce the amount of money being paid to run and operate both HVAC and refrigeration systems.
Most existing systems waste money cooling hotel rooms, particularly when guests arrive, set the room temperature to the lowest setting and then exit, leaving the AC to run on full blast for hours chilling an empty room.
Onsite’s hospitality clients typically see electric savings from 10% to 40% through our HVAC optimization solutions.
♦ Improved Occupant Comfort: Hotels of all sizes are under pressure to keep energy costs low while still delivering occupant comfort.
Advanced chiller optimization allows building and facility operators to regulate and maintain the right temperature with incredible precision. In some cases, clients have reported as high as a 90% reduction in comfort complaints.
And with the decrease in hot and cold calls, building and facility support staff have more time available for preventative maintenance activities.
♦ Environmental Sustainability: Advanced chiller optimization has been a sensible and proven path to helping our clients achieve their environmental objectives – not only through reductions in energy consumption, but with the capacity to effectively measure and track energy consumption trends and proactively anticipated potential demand requirements.
Clean Indoor Air
We are now living in a COVID world. It has impacted every facet of our lives: How we work, shop, learn and live have all been altered in substantial – and likely permanent – ways.
Every hotel must have a solution that reliably provides pathogen control and breathable clean air – not just for guest needs, but for staff as well.
Onsite can help eliminate the guesswork from how to properly operate your hospitality property in today’s new COVID reality by having a safe, healthy indoor air solution.
♦ Hotels that are free of airborne allergens, bacteria, viruses, and VOCs contribute to improved staff performance, productivity, and satisfaction.
♦ Many other ‘clean air’ solutions use ozone to help purify the air, which can lead to harmful byproduct discharge. But none of our clean-air solutions use ozone to sanitize the air, making them safe and effective for use in every type of indoor setting.
Chances are, you are keenly familiar with companies measuring the performance of their products and services by comparing them with what their competitors are doing.
That kind of analysis has long been recognized as a smart process by hotels regarding their energy consumption.
Energy benchmarking helps ensure your hotel’s energy performance is on par with other buildings and facilities in the area.
♦ It helps lower your costs by giving you a look at where your property is spending energy, so you can pinpoint areas that can help reduce energy waste and deliver immediate savings.
♦ Helps increase your profits because, let’s face it, if you’re paying less for energy they you’re putting more money back into the profit column.
♦ Benchmarking is an excellent way to use the gathered data gathered and then develop or improve a better energy management program, improve operational performance, or acquire financing for other projects.
Did you acquire a new hotel property or complete a large scale new construction or property renovation in the past few years?
If so, then you may have an opportunity to accelerate your return on capital from these investments through engineered cost segregation.
Engineered cost segregation is a tax procedure authorized by the IRS that allows you to significantly accelerate the depreciation schedule for a variety of assets and improvements.
Typically, hotel properties are depreciated on a schedule ranging from 27.5 to 39.5 years, yet many of the fixtures and improvements that make up the building can be depreciated in as little as 5 years! These improvements usually account for at least 20% of your property’s value, but for some properties this may be up to 50%.That can make a big difference in your cash flow.
The key is to identify where these opportunities exist in your property, and Onsite Utility Services Capital can help you do this through an engineered cost segregation study.
Fractional Energy Management
With all the the rapid changes occurring in the energy-efficiency marketplace, it can be a full-time job to ensure your hotel is achieving the greatest level of energy savings available.
But do you know what to look for? Are you experienced in identifying key energy efficiency cost trends, or have access to the most innovative energy-saving solutions?
Those require the skill and expertise of an experienced Energy Manager – someone who can help you successfully navigate the every-changing energy landscape.
But having a full-time on-staff energy manager, while valuable, can also be expensive. Now, through Onsite’s Fractional Energy Management program, you get the expertise of a seasoned Energy Manager for your hotel – but without the added cost of hiring one.
Outsourced energy management has revolutionized the way businesses handle their utility, energy efficiency and cost-saving initiatives. The Onsite Fractional Energy Management program delivers you peace of mind knowing you have the right energy expert to keep your hotel on the right path to maximizing both energy savings and long-term profitability.
It has been said that hotel laundries might be one of the biggest contributors to environmental issues in the United States.
While this is difficult to evaluate, it does carry an element of truth when you look at the huge number of hotel laundries in constant use.
Current estimates suggest that, on average, one pound of laundry uses approximately three gallons of water, which ultimately just ends up in the sewer.
Although laundries consume large amounts of both energy and water, conservation opportunities are mostly untapped by the majority of hotels with laundry facilities.
♦ The average ozone laundry system typically reduces overall laundry costs between 30-40%.
♦ High efficiency heat recovery systems can reduce the energy used to dry linens by as much as 50%.
♦ UV-light laundry systems generate significant energy and water savings: Gas usage can be reduced by up to 80% and water usage up to 20% (depending upon installed optimizations).
♦ Laundry water recovery systems can reduce water usage by 80%, eliminate 90% of wastewater discharge and cut energy costs by up to 50%.
Upgrade With No Investment
No Budget? No Problem.
If you have been putting off energy efficiency upgrades because you ‘just don’t have the budget’, Onsite Utility Services has the solution you’ve been looking for:
Through our Energy Savings as a Service program, your hotel can receive energy efficiency upgrades like lighting, clean indoor air, HVAC, laundry optimization, water conservation, and much more – all fully installed and serviced – without risking any of your own capital.
Instead, Onsite Utility Services will make the investment for you, freeing up your capital for other more pressing issues.
The equipment and installation costs are then taken from the new energy savings that are generated through the energy costs provided by the efficiency upgrades.
You enjoy reduced operational costs that come from lower energy utilization, plus no equipment or maintenance expenses – all without spending or risking any of your own capital.
There is no up-front or out-of-pocket expenditure – we make the investment for you.
All the service & maintenance costs are fully included during the entire service term.
It’s not a loan or traditional ‘financing’, so you get complete off-balance-sheet flexibility.
Frees Up Capital
Enjoy the benefits of reduced operational costs without spending your own capital.
To learn more about how Onsite Utility Servcies can help reduce the energy costs for your hotel property, simply fill out the form below, and one of our hospitality energy specialists will connect with you.