Before creating an energy efficiency program at your business, you must first develop a strategy that will guide your actions and produce the best results. Here are a few guidelines to keep in mind when forming an energy action plan:

  1. Perform an energy audit to determine current and future energy needs based on current use and available improvements.
  2. Establish achievable goals for conservation in your hotel.
  3. Appoint an energy team to supervise your energy plan. You may even want to use a task force to devise specific conservation steps the hotel could take.
  4. Develop a draft and take into account issues outside of energy when creating your energy plan to be sure that you are not creating problems in other areas such as water use.
  5. Complete your plan and decide how to implement and evaluate results.
  6. Determine key players for implementation and evaluation, clearly defining roles and responsibilities.
  7. Perform an energy audit to determine where and how your establishment uses energy.
  8. Create an energy savings plan and begin changes to reduce use.
  9. Monitor and measure energy use to determine the success of the energy efficiency program.

When designing your program to go green, it’s essential to start simple to avoid an overwhelming process. A 10 percent reduction in energy consumption can be accomplished through low-cost measures, such as operations and management strategies and can yield significant improvement to green facility management. This 10 percent reduction is the equivalent to removing nearly one million cars from the road for one year, if achieved across the hospitality industry, potentially saving $745 million per year. How do you plan on reducing energy usage at your property? Visit our website at for more advice and news for the hospitality industry.

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