We all enjoy the luxury of spending the night in a hotel. From the thick piled carpet to the crisp, fresh bed linen, there is something truly relaxing about staying at a hotel – but how much better would the experience be if we knew that we were staying in a ‘green’ hotel? If you run a hotel, ensuring that your accommodation is as environmentally friendly as possible is essential in order to protect our planet and save you money at the same time. Follow our top tips below on how to make your hotel greener.
The first step to take to make your hotel eco friendly is to stop using cleaning products that contain harsh chemicals. Many cleaning products are filled with chemicals that are harmful to the environment and contain pollutants that release toxic waste into the air or water supply. Instead of using these damaging products, opt for cleaning products that are made from eco-friendly ingredients.
In order to run an effective green hotel, you need to get your whole team on board. Hold some meetings and educate your staff members on the importance of reducing your energy usage in the hotel. Encourage employees to turn off lights around the hotel, report leaking taps and unplug items when they are not being used. You should also encourage guests to reuse their bath towels and bed sheets during their stay.
Where possible, you should always aim to reduce your hotel’s electricity usage. When guests leave their hotel room, some may forget to turn the television off or leave the lights on – something that wastes a lot of electricity. Installing automatic light switches in rooms is a great way to save on power and ensure that lights are not left on when guests are out. Opting for televisions that go into standby mode after a while will also ensure that televisions are not left on and wasting power.
If you really want to make a difference to how much of an impact your hotel makes on the planet, install solar panels on your roof. Solar power traps sunlight and converts it into electricity; using the sun to source your energy will not only help you do your bit for the environment as a business, but it will also save you lots of money in the long run.
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