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Verdant Energy Management Solutions
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My Green Butler is your smart solution to cutting costs and carbon, reporting ESGs, and building reputation.
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Internet of Things, Energy Efficiency, Intelligent Automation, Energy Management, Building Management Platform, and Commercial Building Controls
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Room energy management solutions to reducing operating costs
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SensorFlow
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OVERVIEW
What is Energy Management Systems
Reducing your hotel’s energy usage isn’t just an environmentally friendly trend; more efficient energy use can lead to material cost savings for hotels of all shapes and sizes. But the challenge lies in curbing energy consumption in a way that doesn't compromise the guest experience or your staff’s ability to deliver exceptional service. An energy management system can help you capture realistic opportunities for energy savings while actually improving the guest experience, leading to a true win-win-win situation for you, your guests, and the planet.
Finding the right Energy Management Systems solution for your hotel depends on several variables ranging from user experience and pricing to functionality and support. This guide is designed to help you identify the best Energy Management Systems vendors, questions to ask on demos, read unbiased reviews from similar hoteliers and so much more.
BENEFITS
What exactly are the benefits of an energy management system?

What it does:

 

  • Controls systems that use energy: An energy management system is the brain that powers your hotel’s HVAC systems, lighting systems, sockets, and even smart devices like blinds, locks, and TVs in both guestrooms and public spaces.

  • Applies schedules, rules, and logic to reduce energy consumption: Based on manual input or algorithms, an EMS strategically controls building systems to optimize for energy and cost savings. For instance, you can program the system to turn exterior lights on at 9pm and off at 7am. Or, you could program the system to keep your lobby temperature at 68 degrees Fahrenheit, and the system will adjust the HVAC in response to the outdoor temperature, sunlight, and occupancy. 

  • Monitors real-time usage and performance: The EMS’s dashboard allows you to track energy usage in real-time, so you can see how many lights are on or how many air conditioning units are running at any given moment. In addition, you can analyze consumption and cost savings over time with robust reporting features.

How it adds value:

Cuts energy usage and utility costs. With more intelligent and strategic control over your building systems, you can reduce energy usage, which, in turn, reduces your energy costs. It’s not unheard of for a hotel to reduce energy costs by 35-45% after implementing an energy management system.

Enhances the guest experience. The thought of decreasing energy costs might conjure images of guests shivering in winter months, unable to turn the heat above a certain threshold. In fact, the opposite is true; guests and employees can be even more comfortable with an EMS in place because the system ensures all devices are functional at all times. The savings occur when the system eliminates unnecessary energy usage like heating unoccupied meeting rooms. 

FEATURES
Most Important Features of Energy Management Systems

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.

PRICING
How much does an energy management system cost?

Although the cost savings your hotel can achieve after implementing an EMS are significant, it’s worth noting that these systems are not cheap. However, many hotels find that the return on investment makes these systems quite valuable. On average, an EMS costs around $500 per room. For an 80-room midscale hotel, you can expect the initial investment to be roughly $40,000. A large luxury property with 350 rooms will fork over $175,000.

IMPLEMENTATION
How difficult is it to implement a new energy management system at my hotel?

If you’re going to make a sizable investment in an energy management system, you don’t want to rush through implementation. The setup process involves connecting your existing building systems (lighting, HVAC, IoT devices) to your new energy management system, or you might install new devices if you’re replacing old systems or opening a new property. You’ll also connect the EMS to your energy meters so you can accurately track usage. During implementation, a customer support representative will also lead personalized training webinars for your team so that everyone feels comfortable using the system. In the early days of using your EMS, you can configure personalized reports that make the metrics you want to track accessible at the click of a button.

FAQs
Hoteliers Also Ask
Energy management systems are especially important in the hotel industry because large buildings, like hotels, use a lot of energy, and they have many different energy-consuming systems on-site. Energy management systems help hotels reduce their overall energy usage and control various systems in one centralized dashboard.
In the hotel industry, an energy management system controls building systems like heating, air conditioning, and lighting while tracking energy usage and identifying opportunities for cost savings.
In order to successfully implement an energy management program, you must commit to reducing your energy usage, identify the sources of energy usage, find opportunities for usage and cost reduction, implement the systems outlined in your plan, and monitor your progress toward lower energy consumption.
Four types of energy management include energy management in agriculture, in factories and manufacturing, in buildings, and in homes.
Utility costs: The biggest benefit of using an energy management system is the potential cost savings, so you’ll want to track your energy costs over time - comparing pre- and post-implementation. In addition to monitoring your utility costs, you can also track usage by your various systems, like HVAC and lighting, so you can identify additional opportunities for cost cutting. Guest satisfaction: A good guardrail metric in your energy management program is guest satisfaction; you don’t want to reduce energy consumption in a manner that negatively affects the guest experience or prevents staff from delivering the type of service your hotel is known for. Tracking guest satisfaction through public reviews on sites like Google and Tripadvisor or through your internal feedback methods can tell you if and how your EMS is contributing to the stay experience.

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