Good practice

Hotel communicates importance of saving resources

Hotel communicates importance of saving resources
© Andrey Popov, #190673094, 2019, source: Fotolia.com
Resources:
Energy
Sector:
Hotel and restaurant
Cost:
Low cost
Payback time:
0.12 Year(s)
Recurring costs:
0€
Resource savings: Water:
Electricity savings achieved: 90 000 kWh
Associated cost savings: Energy:
5000€
Payback time:
Immediate positive effect; payback is less than 1 month
Premises and operation areas:
Office building
Size of company:
Small (less than 50)
Advancement in applying resource efficiency measures:
Intermediate
One off investment:
350€

Energy and water saving is everyone's job

  • Hotel implemented CSR into its management strategies
  • Small investment (€ 350) achieved significant savings (€ 5 000 a year) in water and waste bills

Izvora Hotel is located in a traditional Bulgarian building in the centre of the village of Arbanassi. The hotel has a swimming pool, sauna, jacuzzi, infrared cabin and massage facility. All of the rooms are equipped with individually controlled air-conditioning, mini-bar, TV, internet, and hairdryer.

After an analysis of operational conditions by corporate social responsibility (CSR) and clean production (CP) experts, together with staff members, data was collected on the hotel's consumption of basic resources – water, electricity, and wood for heating, etc. All processes were reviewed in detail, including housekeeping and accommodation, the spa centre, heating, ventillation and air-conditioning systems.

Key impact

All data and observations were analysed and suggestions for how to improve resource efficiency, including behavioural aspects, were proposed. All measures were estimated in terms of social, economic and environmental benefits.  

One of these measures that requires minimum investment but has a hugely positive impact is to provide information and raise awareness of energy and water saving in the hotel. Campaigns aimed at guests and personnel explain how even simple actions like switching off lights can incrementally improve energy usage efficiency. 

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