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Business Energy Guide: Lodging

As a hotel or motel owner or manager, your job is to make your patrons feel comfortable, so it’s no surprise your biggest energy costs come from water heating and lighting. You may also provide foodservice, pools and spas, conference rooms, laundry, vending and ice machines—amenities that can affect your bill. The variety of services and amenities continuously provided present a perfect opportunity for significant energy savings. We can help you with incentives and programs that help you save money and provide greater comfort for your customers.

Energy Efficiency Solutions


After water heating, hotels and motels use the largest percentage of their electricity on lighting. Our Energy Management Solutions offer incentives and rebates to help you make upgrades that feel right at home with your business strategy. Consider welcoming any of these solutions:

  • Sensors and Controls
  • Dimmable Ballasts
  • Metal Halides
  • LEDs
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Heating, Cooling & Cooking

Cooling and ventilation also consume a considerable amount of electricity in the hospitality industry—as do cooking costs for establishments that offer food service. Look into the energy-efficient solutions and available incentives and rebates we offer in these areas, such as:

  • Heating-Ventilation-Air Conditioning (HVAC) Optimization
  • Electric Heat Pumps
  • Chillers
  • Exhaust Fans
  • Variable Frequency Drivers
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Demand Response Programs

Our Demand Response programs offer financial incentives to hotels and motels for temporarily reducing use upon request during periods of high-energy demand. From our Summer Advantage Incentive 200kW or less or with a Summer Advantage Incentive 200kW or more, which rewards energy reduction during high seasonal temperatures, to the year-round Demand Bidding Program and Capacity Bidding Program, your business may benefit from participating, while benefiting the grid and the environment. You might also be interested in Automated Demand Response for added convenience, or our free Energy Manager suite of savings tools.

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Lodging by Numbers3

  • In the West region of the U.S., lodging accounts for 30,000 buildings, or 3.2% of all buildings in the region, with floor space of 1.08 billion square feet.
  • U.S. lodging facilities use 69 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity each year, which represents 7.7% of the electricity used in commercial buildings in the U.S.
  • Water Heating represents the largest portion of overall lodging market electricity consumption in the U.S., making up 32% of total electricity use. Lighting and space heating are the next highest, each accounting for 25% and 22%. 
  • Hotels in the U.S. spend $2,196 per available room each year on energy, representing about 6% of overall operating costs. Overall, these costs total more than $4 billion each year.

1 Esource; data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration September 8, 2009
2 Infogroup ORC on Demand Research 2010
3 Infogroup ORC on Demand Research 2010