Implementing efficiency and sustainability efforts provide savings and improved customer satisfaction for any hotels.


Many hotel brands are setting and publishing aggressive energy and water usage reduction and they expect owners and management companies to achieve these goals.

The next question hotels face is, where to start. It can be difficult to move forward in a way that satisfies guests while cutting costs. Equipment vendors and contractors may pitch their own solutions in guise of an “energy savings audit.” to make informed and effective decisions, hotels need objective and agnostic guidance with expertise in many different areas of the hospitality environment.

A comprehensive energy audit is the first step in setting a strategy for reaching energy efficiency objectives. An energy aduit by trusted, third-party typically includes detailed assessment evaluating not only guests rooms and facilities, but also kitchens, meeting rooms, and laundry facilities, etc. Based on a site visit by an experienced facility expert, an energy audit delivers insight specific to the building, guests needs, environment and utility provider

Every hotel property is unique. An urban 1,500-room convention is unique. An urban property will have different energy efficiency opportunities than a 50-room hotel in a historic building. The role of the energy audit is to identify both existing energy consumption and potential savings.

Depending on the audit level, the final audit report may include:

  • Recommended changes to existing operations and procedures to save energy or water usage and costs

  • Current carbon footprint and water usage date to meet reporting obligations

  • Capital investments that will improve efficiency – together with the estimated time to generate a return

  • Available incentives or rebates that offset investment costs

  • Longer-term opportunities for improvements through renovations or upgrades

  • The building’s current ENERGY STAR® rating and potential steps to improve it