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How to Save Costs in the Hotel Industry

Cutting back on the costs in your hotel doesn't mean you have to cut back on the quality of the service and accommodations you provide. Reduce your spendings on energy, and you'll not only benefit the environment, you'll see a difference on your bottom line.


  • Step 1: Cut food and beverage costs. Instead of having a buffet in your restaurant, have the guests order a la carte off the menu. Only make coffee in the lobby when requested, rather than having pots constantly available and dumping out most of the coffee.
  • Step 2: Conserve water with low-flow faucets and shower heads.
  • Step 3: Get the most out of your employees by training them to perform multiple functions, including marketing. Also encourage them to multitask. Have your house keeping staff clean while laundry is washing. By getting the most out of your employees, equipment, and rooms, you can save costs and maintain a prime spot in the hotel industry.
  • FACT: Open since 1855, the Desoto House in Galen, Illinois is one of the oldest operating hotels in the country, and has accommodated memorable guest including Abraham Lincoln.
  • Step 4: Save money in the hotel's kitchen by buying ENERGY STAR equipment. Turn off standby cooking appliances when not in use. Clean the refrigerator cooling coils every three months, and defrost the freezer often.
  • Step 5: Close floors and wings when occupancy is low. For hotels with salons, spas, restaurants, and services like carriage rides, save costs by being closed one or two days a week, or being open fewer hours.
  • Step 6: Turn off the lights in staff rooms when not in use. As part of regular maintenance, replace all the bulbs in the hotel rooms with compact fluorescent bulbs to save money on your energy bill.
  • TIP: Invest in key activated or motion sensor lighting systems for additional efficiency.
  • Step 7: Have the hotel cleaning staff turn down the heating or cooling in the guest rooms when the are finished cleaning them. Limit the thermostats settings to 60 to 80 degrees for guests. Keep the rooms at standby at a comfortable temperature for check-in.
  • Step 8: Perform an energy audit of your hotel to see where most of your energy is being used. Look at equipment and systems, such as heating, during the season they are primarily used to get an accurate picture of what improvements are needed. Create a plan to address areas where your energy costs are high.

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