Energy saving for hotels

Save on your hotel energy to boost business efficiency and your green credentials

An environmentally friendly hotel can be attractive to guests

A woman uses a heating thermostat to check her hotel room is at the right temperature

Recommended room temperatures

  • Corridors and storage rooms 15–18°C
  • Bedrooms 18–20°C
  • Guest bathrooms 22–24°C
  • Bars and lounges 20–22°C
  • Kitchens 18–20°C

Use thermostats, timer switches and radiator valves to control heat

Hotel heating systems

  • Regularly service boilers to retain efficiency and consider replacing units over 15 years old
  • Check all your pipework is well insulated
  • Don’t use extra electric heaters, which are very expensive to run
  • Encourage staff to use window blinds to retain heat in winter and keep it down in summer
  • Install a draught lobby at the main entrance to reduce heating costs

Properly insulate your roof – an uninsulated building can lose around a quarter of its heat through its roof

A hand pulling a string to open hotel blinds
A running tap in a hotel bathroom

Water management in hotels

  • Check your water temperature is at 60°C – this keeps water hot and kills bacteria
  • Spray water taps use less water than conventional faucets
  • Fix leaking taps as quickly as possible

If you have a heated indoor swimming pool, keep it covered when not in use

Hotel air conditioning

  • Only turn on air conditioning when the temperature is over 24°C
  • Don’t waste energy by heating and cooling areas at the same time
  • Consider turning down heating before opening windows

Regular air-conditioning services help keep your system running efficiently

An air conditioning unit in a hotel
Strip lighting in a hotel

Hotel lighting

  • Encourage staff to switch off lights when they’re not needed
  • Use movement detectors, time switches and daylight sensors
  • Replace traditional light bulbs with LED ones

Installing the right office lights can reduce your lighting costs by up to 80%


Refrigeration in hotels

  • Keep fridge doors closed whenever possible
  • Regularly defrost and clean fridges
  • Check that the seals on cold rooms and fridges are intact
  • Keep the condensers and evaporators on your fridges and cooling equipment clean
  • If fridges only store fizzy drinks, turn them off after hours

When buying new refrigerators, AA++ rated units have the lowest running costs

Stainless steel refrigerators in a hotel kitchen

More advice from the Carbon Trust

The Carbon Trust helps organisations contribute to and benefit from a more sustainable future through carbon reduction, resource efficiency strategies and commercialising low carbon technologies.

Download their free guide which outlines energy saving opportunities for the hospitality sector and demonstrates how simple actions save energy, cut costs and increase profit margins.

Carbon Trust – Hospitality sector energy saving guide

Saving tips for British Gas business customers

Pay by Direct Debit

Register for an online account and pay by Direct Debit.

Return to your online account and set up a direct debit.

Get a smart meter

A business smart meter can help you understand your energy usage.