How to reduce the environmental footprint of your hotel in three easy steps
19, Jun 2017
Over the past few years within the hotel industry in the UAE and across the world attention has been drawn to making efficiencies in energy inputs and resource use. As businesses face growing pressure from the increasingly diverse and dynamic hospitality sector as well as legislative controls and incentives, hotels are looking more and more for ways of reducing inputs related to resource use. In our latest article, we outline three easy steps to reduce the environmental footprint of your hotel business, so if you’re looking to add to your environmental management systems, save money on energy and water bills or simply reduce your carbon footprint, read on…
When running a commercial or residential building in the Middle East it is not too difficult to bring into focus the importance of water conservation on a business and the wider environment. Introducing pressure-compensating water savers and aerators into bathroom faucets, shower and toilet hoses is a simple way to reduce water output without compromising user experience. Aerators can be installed for these functions in seconds and are a cheap and easy way to reduce running costs (ROI typically within 6 months) and environmental impact of a business. Pressure-compensating water savers regulate the flow of water coming out of faucets, ensuring a reliable and attractive stream of water, while there are a range of flow rates that can be fitted as requirements vary depending on function.
The concept of changing your lightbulb has become something of a cliché in the environmental movement, the notion that the well-meaning homeowner can do their bit to protect the planet. However, while the concept of environmentalism has evolved somewhat since then to recognize a more integrated strategy towards energy savings and resource use, when implemented across hotel environments and large buildings the impact of efficient lighting on energy savings can be significant. LED lighting typically produces energy savings between 25-75 % compared to traditional incandescents. Allied to the fact that the range of retro-fit suitable LED lighting solutions now available means that you no longer have to compromise on style or color to introduce super-efficient lighting, there can be no excuse not to look into the role of energy efficient lighting in your business.
Grease Eradication Systems (GES)
Grease eradication might not always be at the top of your agenda when looking to reduce resource consumption, but a good GES can help to minimize a whole host of costs – financial and environmental – associated with build ups of fat, oil and grease in kitchens. For most people, the primary purpose of introducing a GES is to prevent the costly blockages and smells associated with built up grease and fat in drainage systems. An effective GES will negate the need for regular drain line jetting and other reactionary measures that cost time, money, energy and water. Biological dosing will also decrease volumes of solids throughout the drainage system, including grease traps and sump tanks, reducing the regularity of cleaning required and therefore the number of grease trap tanker trips.
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