Climate control: A hallmark feature of an energy management system is the ability to control HVAC systems and set schedules or rules for their operation. For example, you might want to set a minimum threshold for air conditioning use or turn off heating when rooms are unoccupied.
Smart lighting: Like with HVAC systems, an energy management system can control lighting systems in guestrooms, public areas, and back-of-house spaces. You can program schedules in the EMS so that lights turn on or off at specific times, and the system can alert you when lightbulbs need to be replaced.
Automatic shutdown: Your EMS can reduce electricity usage by turning lights off or cutting power to outlets when the system senses that a guestroom is unoccupied.
Operational alerts: Receive notifications about underperforming systems, appliances, and lights before they break so you can proactively fix or replace them before they break.
System management dashboard: Get a bird’s eye view into your entire hotel’s energy consumption from one central interface. You can easily see if any hardware needs maintenance and monitor usage in real-time.
Reporting: Better understand your energy usage, costs, savings, and runtime by room, floor, room type, building, or even across multiple properties with customizable reports.
Integrations: Your energy management system should integrate with your lighting system, climate control system, IoT devices, and utility meters for most effective use. In hotels, it’s also useful to connect your EMS to your property management system or building management system. Some energy management systems also offer open APIs so you can connect any other relevant software, like a business analytics tool.