Hotels across the globe are making changes both big and small in the name of sustainability. Besides protecting the environment, making your hotel eco-friendly reduces your operational costs and boosts your brand reputation—all while improving guest satisfaction.
Wondering how to make your hotel eco-friendly? Start by following these five practical steps.
1. Start conserving energy
Making the switch from traditional light bulbs to long-lasting LED bulbs, for example, can help you save big on your energy bill. You can also take advantage of natural lighting, use light dimmers, and avoid overheating guest rooms and corridors.
Additionally, many hotels use lighting with motion detectors or timers, or use a key card system that activates lights and air conditioning. This makes it impossible for your guests to forget the lights on when they go out.
2. Ditch disposables
Packaged room amenities like soap, shampoo, conditioner, and lotion aren’t environmentally friendly or cost efficient. To cut down on needless waste, replace these little plastic bottles with refillable dispensers.
Using reusable dishes is also a win-win for the environment and your guests. While paper plates and plastic cutlery cheapen a meal, real dishes enhance the guest experience, are better for the environment, and help you save money. You can also swap out plastic, paper, and Styrofoam cups for reusable glasses and mugs in your guest rooms.
Another tip: ditch bottled water and use filtration systems instead. They’re cost efficient and convenient for both your employees and your guests.
3. Plan a sustainable menu
Offering local and seasonal foods not only benefits the environment—it also helps your guests connect with local culture. While you want to use local ingredients as often as possible, some foods will likely need to be imported. In these cases, ask your suppliers where produce is coming from and how far it has traveled, and buy Fairtrade-certified products.
To make your hotel eco-friendly, you can also grow your own produce, offer less meat, and minimize packaging and food waste.
4. Start green cleaning
As a hotel manager, you know keeping all areas of your hotel clean is of the utmost importance. Your hotel’s cleanliness sets the tone for quality and has a huge impact on your guests’ experience.
Traditional cleaning supplies, however, are full of toxic chemicals that pollute the environment and aren’t healthy for your staff or guests. Switching to eco-label cleaning products and detergents can make the world of difference to develop a safer, more natural environment—and keep your hotel and reputation spotless.
5. Monitor your water consumption
Are you flushing money down the drain?
From guest rooms and laundry services to pools and landscaping, hotels use a lot of water. Controlling your water usage is thus key to reduce operational costs and protect the environment.
But before you start planning water conservation methods, take a step back and analyze your current consumption. Up to 10% of hotels’ utility budgets are spent on water, and you’ll want to know where exactly your money is going.
Rather than rely on manual water readings, use a remote monitoring service like Smartvatten. By tracking your water consumption in real time, you can optimize your water saving initiatives as you go along and detect plumbing leaks as soon as they occur.