Energy-saving advice for hotels: Lessons from Loreto Bay

Mexico may not be the first place that hotel owners would consider turning to when looking for tips to make savings on their business energy, but UK hotels could learn a thing or two about cutting their bills from Loreto Bay’s eco-friendly resort.

Greenest resort in Mexico

The Villages of Loreto Bay, on the Sea of Cortez, make up one of the largest sustainable holiday resorts in North America. The resort features 6,000 homes, a handful of hotels and even a golf course.

The development’s eco-credentials come from large-scale initiatives such as building wind farms to provide power and using recycled wastewater for the golf course. There are also several smaller details like solar-powered hot water systems in every home and buildings built from “power wall” technology, a material which allows the walls to breathe and makes it easier to keep the rooms at an optimal temperature.

Insight for UK hotels

While it might not be realistic for UK hotels to build their own wind farms like Loreto Bay, it is possible to cut business electricity prices and find out more about switching to renewable energy sources. Ask your energy supplier for more details on the ways they help businesses to make the switch.

If you’re a hotel owner there are also plenty of simple ways to cut back on electricity use. In fact, a recent study showed that hotels only need to make simple changes to their lighting and heating to save up to 20% on their bills. Changing to energy-saving light bulbs or fitting insulation can have a big impact when it comes to bills.

If you want to go a step further, you could save up to 80% off your lighting electricity bill by installing motion and daylight sensors and swapping bulbs with energy-saving LED lamps. Newer bulbs also have the added benefits of lasting longer and giving off less heat, which in turn helps to keep room temperatures at an optimum level.

Find out more ways to save with the energy-saving guide for hotels from Energy Made Simple on the British Gas website.


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