Energy efficiency and measuring consumption for hotels

Solutions for saving and comfort with the KNX automation system

Currently, one of the main concerns for businesses and hotel buildings managers is how to achieve an efficient use of electricity. And with good reason as, according to Eurostat, the costs of lighting and temperature control have increased in Europe by an average of almost 20% between 2006 and 2011, due to the disproportionate growth in global demand as well as political and market factors. The building’s manager is also affected by increasingly inflexible regulations regarding waste and inefficiency that are every day more focused on the residential and tertiary sectors with the latter, accord¬ing to the European Commission, being responsible in recent years for 41% of Europe’s total energy consumption.

Fortunately, for some years now it has been possible to find an appropriate response to these challenges thanks to KNX automation technology and consumption measurement and analysis devices that adapt to the savings needs of each property. This article explains how both interact and analyses the strategy to achieve the greatest saving possible in the hotel business.

To achieve the maximum saving, the first important factor is the awareness of the building’s occupants. In the residential sector, these individuals will take greater care as regards energy saving, as they are the ones that pay the bill. But in the tertiary sector (offices, hotels, etc.) raising the awareness of employees or guests regarding the rational use of energy is more complicated, as they are not responsible for the bills generated. The role of the buildings energy manager has existed for a short time. To achieve maximum effectiveness, the energy manager of the hotel has had to rely on technological tools that helped them undertake their work efficiently. The first step to saving energy in hotels is to have information on hand regarding the energy consumption at any time. Correct measurement leads to the possibility of taking immediate steps to correct imbalances and inefficient consumption habits thereby avoiding an over-inflated energy bill. Read more…

Antonio Moreno Barroso
Technical Director, Jung Electro Ibérica, S.A.

Article published in: FuturENERGY June 2015