An average hotel could save as much as £47,818 per year by putting in place just four measures, according to new data from EDF Energy.
The company monitored 123 hotel sites and estimated that over £2.8 million could be saved with better energy efficiency practices.
These energy savings would also have a significant environmental impact, and could save a total of 7,142 tonnes of CO2 per year across the 123 sites – the equivalent to the carbon emissions from nearly 3,882 flights between London and Sydney.
EDF Energy analysed the hotels remotely using energy consumption data to understand the potential for energy efficiency and carbon reduction in the hospitality sector across the country.
Across the vast majority of locations, it was found that very simple changes such as switching to energy efficient lighting could deliver a significant impact.
The data found that as many as 65% of hotels analysed could save by installing occupancy sensors to automate lighting, which could lead to nearly £11,000 saved per year.
Furthermore, EDF Energy found hotels could reduce costs and emissions through energy efficient air conditioners and retrofitting ventilation control systems.
Vincent de Rul, director of energy solutions at EDF Energy, said: “Energy efficiency has been a UK-wide focus for a number of years, but our analysis of these hotels shows that the majority can still make meaningful carbon reductions that result in significant savings – through very simple changes.
“Our data covers a relatively small proportion of the UK’s hotels – imagine what the impact would be if all UK hospitality firms made even the simplest of changes, whether that be efficient lighting or occupancy sensors? As the UK has committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2050, we want to demonstrate that all businesses can achieve positive results one change at a time.”