Management – Achieving Energy Savings With Lighting Control

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How To Save Electricity With Smart Systems And Procedures?

Saving Electricity in the Guest Room

For new hotel construction, choose an elegant, energy-saving solution from Watt Stopper/Legrand that is code-compliant and convenient for your guests and staff to use, ensuring their satisfaction and your savings.

Saving electricity in guest rooms is not only environmentally responsible but also contributes to cost savings for hotels. Implementing energy-efficient practices not only reduces the hotel’s carbon footprint but also enhances its overall sustainability. Here are some tips for saving electricity in the guest room:

  1. Energy-Efficient Lighting:
    • Replace traditional incandescent bulbs with energy-efficient LED or CFL bulbs. These options use less energy and have a longer lifespan.
  2. Occupancy Sensors:
    • Install occupancy sensors that automatically turn off lights and other electrical devices when guests are not in the room. This helps avoid unnecessary energy consumption.
  3. Key Card Switches:
    • Connect the room’s power supply to the key card system. When guests leave the room and remove their key card, it automatically turns off lights, air conditioning, and other electrical devices.
  4. Smart Thermostats:
    • Use programmable or smart thermostats to regulate room temperature efficiently. Set temperature limits for when the room is unoccupied and adjust them based on guest preferences.
  5. Energy-Efficient Appliances:
    • Choose energy-efficient appliances and equipment for the guest room, including televisions, mini-fridges, and air conditioning units.
  6. Educational Materials:
    • Provide informational materials in the room that encourage guests to conserve energy, such as reusing towels, turning off lights when not needed, and adjusting thermostats when leaving the room.
  7. Natural Lighting:
    • Maximize the use of natural light during the day by incorporating large windows and light-colored curtains. This reduces the need for artificial lighting.
  8. Unplug Electronics:
    • Encourage guests to unplug chargers, electronic devices, and other equipment when not in use. Standby power consumption can be significant.
  9. Regular Maintenance:
    • Ensure that all electrical systems and appliances in the guest room are regularly maintained. Properly maintained equipment operates more efficiently.
  10. Insulation and Sealing:
    • Ensure proper insulation and sealing in the room to prevent air leaks. This helps maintain a comfortable temperature without overworking the heating or cooling systems.
  11. Water Heater Temperature:
    • Set the water heater to a moderate temperature to avoid excessive energy consumption while still providing comfortable hot water for guests.
  12. Green Certification:
    • Obtain green certifications such as LEED or ENERGY STAR for the hotel. Displaying such certifications can attract environmentally conscious guests.
  13. Energy Audits:
    • Conduct regular energy audits to identify areas for improvement and implement energy-saving initiatives accordingly.
  14. Employee Training:
    • Train hotel staff to be mindful of energy conservation practices and encourage them to report any malfunctioning or energy-wasting equipment.
  15. Feedback and Suggestions:
    • Encourage guest feedback on energy-saving initiatives and consider implementing guest suggestion programs to gather ideas for further improvement.

How do the Hotel Energy Saver Key Card Switch work and its advantages?

  • Upon entry, a hotel card key is inserted energizing the lighting circuits.
  • Upon exit, removal of the card key turns off the lighting throughout the room.
  • The switch is backlit for visibility in darkened rooms.
  • Allows 30-second egress time Engineers can couple card key switches with Watt Stopper’s lighting control panels to simplify wiring, especially in larger facilities.
  • Panels also enable housekeeping and maintenance staff to benefit from reports of room status (occupied or vacant) and logs of energy usage.
  • Integrating micro dimmers in the lighting design can enhance guest comfort by enabling maximum control over room ambiance for every activity.
  • Studies illuminate significant energy-saving opportunity
  • Whether it’s to feel safer in an unfamiliar environment, or to provide a welcoming feeling when entering an empty room, many hotel guests leave bathroom lighting on for long periods, often to serve as a nightlight.
  • Studies show that hotel guest bathrooms offer one of the largest energy-saving opportunities eliminating unnecessary extended operation of the lighting.
  • The studies also conclude that when the control solution includes provisions for night lighting, such as solutions offered by Watt Stopper/Legrand, energy waste is prevented and guest satisfaction is improved.
  • 75% of the energy used by guest bathroom lighting occurs when the lights are left on for longer than one hour.
  • 2 of every 5 guests leave bathroom lighting on if there are no nightlights, and an additional 16% of travelers bring their nightlights to a hotel.

How to Save Electricity in the Hotel Guest Bathroom?

Achieve energy savings of 50% or more, lower your power bills, and make your guests feel safe and secure by providing a nightlight and installing an occupancy sensor.

  • The nightlight can be integral to the sensor or the vanity lighting.
  • WN Passive Infrared Nightlight Wall Switch Sensor.
  • Easily replaces standard wall switch for retrofit or new construction.
  • Manual-on with automatic-off when the room is vacant.
  • Appropriate time delay prevents false-offs, ensuring guest satisfaction.
  • Built-in super-bright LEDs provide ample night lighting and draw just a 5 Watts HN Fixture Mount.
  • The controller is installed in a hotel vanity light with a sensor below the fixture.
  • Includes LED nightlight above the fixture with battery backup.
  • Manual-on switch replaces the existing light switch.
  • Retrofits into existing lighting.
  • Can be specified as part of new, energy-efficient, bathroom fixtures to be provided by the manufacturer on an OEM basis.

How to Save Electricity in Restaurants and Coffeeshops?

  • Hotel restaurants typically serve three meals a day and patrons expect a different ambiance morning, noon, and night.
  • Advances in wireless lighting controls have made adding scene control capabilities to new and existing facilities simple and cost-effective.
  • Dimmers let managers set unique moods for each meal service.
  • Scene controllers provide one-touch control and repeatable looks.
  • Smooth fades and consistent light levels contribute to customer satisfaction.
  • Available in two elegant styles architectural and decorator.
  • RF communications eliminate the need for control wiring.
  • Reduce wall clutter and put control where it’s needed, such as at a major destination.
  • Easy to specify and install for retrofits or new construction.

How to Save Electricity in Lobby/Atrium?

  • Hotel guests enjoy architectural design that brings the beauty of the surroundings into indoor spaces, providing a sense of openness along with the ambient daylight.
  • Watt Stopper’s controllers integrate the daylight available in spaces such as atriums and lobbies with electric light and reduce the amount of energy consumed by lighting.
  • Install LightSaver Daylighting Controllers.
  • Dim or switch controlled lights off when sufficient daylight is present
  • Available for single- or multi-zone control.
  • Easily integrate with other controls, such as occupancy sensors and lighting control panels, for maximum energy savings.

How to Save Electricity in Public Restrooms?

Without automatic controls, lighting in public access restrooms is often left on 24 hours a day. An ideal solution is to install a Watt Stopper ultrasonic occupancy sensor on the ceiling above the restroom stalls ensuring that lights turn on and remain on when the space is occupied and turn off after the space is vacated.

  • Install Ultrasonic Occupancy Sensors.
  • The new, low-profile design is unobtrusive and aesthetically pleasing
  • Detects occupancy beyond most obstacles such as partitions between stalls

How to save Electricity in the Meeting Rooms?

Dimmers and scene control that allow clients to customize the lighting in meeting and conference rooms add value, making the spaces more attractive for rental.

  • Occupancy sensors ensure that these spaces are only lit when they are in use, translating into reduced utility bills.
  • Combine passive infrared and ultrasonic sensing technologies for increased sensitivity and coverage.
  • Ideal for large spaces.
  • Available in multiple mounting configurations, including corner mount.
  • Can be combined with a standard wall switch for manual control.
  • Dimmers enhance events and AV presentations.
  • Scene controllers simplify control and provide repeatable lighting.
  • Wireless design facilitates installation and control location.
  • Integrate with occupancy-based controls.

How to Save Electricity in Housekeeping Storage and Utility Rooms?

Housekeepers with their hands full may neglect to turn off lighting in the many supply rooms scattered throughout a hospitality facility –after all, they don’t pay the power bills. Providing occupancy-based controls in these rooms ensures energy savings and lets the staff work efficiently by automating the lighting control.

Install Ultrasonic Occupancy Sensors:

  • Automatic-on when personnel enter for hands-free convenience
  • Automatic-off after personnel exit for maximum energy savings
  • Similar in usage patterns to housekeeping storage, utility room, and other hotel storage room lighting is often left on all day when the space is only occupied intermittently. With floor-to-ceiling shelving, or other features unsuitable to occupancy sensors, these spaces are best controlled by time switches.

Install Digital Time Switch

  • Easily replaces a standard wall switch for retrofit or new construction.
  • Automatic off after a preset time (5 minutes to 12 hours).
  • The convenient manual-on switch button eliminates the random energy consumption of rotary timers.
  • The electroluminescent backlit display shows the timer’s countdown.
  • The time scroll feature allows the user to temporarily override the preset time.
By combining these strategies, hotels can create a more energy-efficient and sustainable guest room environment, benefiting both the environment and the hotel's operational efficiency.

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