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Representing the fourth largest industry in Britain, the annual energy costs for the hospitality sector is in excess of £1.3 billion. Heating alone can account for more than 40 per cent of energy use in non-domestic buildings and energy used in catering accounts for between four and six percent of operating profit.
Businesses could save up to 20 per cent of energy on heating by implementing measures such as regular boiler maintenance, and providing energy management training to staff could reduce energy use by up to 30 per cent.
Phil Scholes, SME Markets Director at npower said: “Businesses in the tourism industry have the opportunity to increase their profits by reducing energy use, and it doesn’t have to be at the expense of a quality experience. In fact it can mean businesses create a more comfortable environment for guests and better customer satisfaction. For example, ensuring heating, cooling and lighting are working at optimal levels will increase customer comfort, and help keep energy use low.
Neil Quigley Managing Director of Quality in Tourism, added: “Tourism and hospitality businesses make a large contribution to our economy, but they still face challenges in remaining profitable in the current environment. Knowing how to manage energy consumption is one way these valued businesses can reduce their operating costs and grow further.”
Hotels might find some of the tips and advice on offer helpful, particularly if interested in simple steps on reducing energy consumption.
The Energy Saving Week, taking place from 25 – 29 August, will provide daily advice on heating, catering, lighting and air conditioning – areas where energy use is often high for hospitality and tourism businesses. All information will be hosted on the Quality in Tourism website at www.qualityintourism.com