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Hotels and the hospitality industry

Energy efficiency advice for hotels and the hospitality industry, including pubs and restaurants.

Hotels and hospitality - carbon saving

Within the hospitality sector, energy costs may only be a small percentage of turnover, but reducing them can directly increase revenue without the need to increase sales. Money saved on energy goes straight to the bottom line which makes businesses more competitive - and with rising energy prices, this is more important than ever. The implementation of simple energy efficiency measures can also increase levels of staff and customer comfort as well as improving general morale.

In addition to financial and customer service benefits, there are of course, social and environmental advantages to reducing energy consumption, such as minimising climate change. Increasing awareness about these issues has seen customers and guests becoming more discerning about the environmental credentials of the businesses they deal with. Being energy efficient can enhance business's reputation and help to attract more customers.

The hospitality sector is diverse, comprising hotels, motels, guest houses, pubs, bars restaurants and other catering establishments. Despite the diversity, there are several common areas where energy is wasted.  See below for three areas to focus on for reducing energy in your sector.

Heating: this can account for 60% of your total energy costs. Read our low cost housekeeping tips and advice for implementation of energy efficient equipment to find out how you could reduce your heating costs by up to a third.

Lighting: on average, 25% of an organisation's electricity costs come from lighting. Find out how you can cut these costs by up to a third while reducing your carbon footprint and improving the working environment for your staff. 

Energy management: get buy-in for energy saving across all levels of the company, from appointing an energy manager and monitoring energy use, to developing an action plan and training staff. 

Hospitality sector energy saving guide

Our 30-page hospitality sector guide introduces the main energy saving opportunities for the hospitality sector and demonstrates how simple actions save energy, cut costs and increase profit margins.

Who is this publication for?

Managers and staff in most hospitality organisations including pubs, restaurants, hotels and guest houses can benefit from the advice in this publication. Focusing on low and no-cost measures with quick paybacks, this overview demonstrates the best energy saving opportunities for hospitality businesses and will help managers to:

  • Assess the potential for energy savings and highlight areas where businesses can improve.
  • Raise awareness of energy conservation amongst staff and motivate them to reduce waste.
Hospitality sector energy efficiency guide

 Guide contents:

  • Introduction
  • Energy consumption in hospitality businesses
  • Opportunities for energy saving
    • Heating and domestic hot water
    • Ventilation and air conditioning
    • Lighting
    • Building fabric
    • Catering
    • Leisure and fitness facilities
    • Combined heat and power
    • Energy management and people solutions
  • Next steps


Publication date March 2018; Publication code CTG058v3
Information in this guide was correct at the time of publication

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Further guidance

Food and catering sector overview (CTV035 / CTV066)

Energy efficiency support

The Carbon Trust Green Business Fund offers energy efficiency support and energy assessments for small and medium-sized businesses in England, Scotland and Wales.

If you'd like to improve energy efficiency of your organisation, see our services to find out how we can help.  This includes financing and implementation support for organisations seeking to invest in energy efficient equipment.

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