Tourism professionals work hard to make sure guests stay as comfortable as possible no matter what the world outside might be like. But an inefficient HVAC system can lead to costly utility bills. A typical hotel annually spends 65¢ a square foot just on heating and cooling. Utility bills cut directly into profits but there are a number of things any tourism business can do to help reduce utility costs associated with heating and cooling. The most cost effective way to reduce energy bills is to regularly monitor thermostat settings. Guests can have varying tastes in temperature so it is important to make sure that thermostats are set back to normal upon their departure. Consolidating activity to one part of the property can also help reduce the amount of space you need to heat and cool. Also ensuring that all new in-room AC units are Energy Star certified (www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=roomac.pr_room_ac) can save as much as $55/unit. For more information on how you can reduce costs by being more energy efficient, contact Tom Rhodes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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