The climate of Southeast Asia is hot, and it makes a lot of sense to have air conditioning systems in the hotels. However, the hot weather may lead to high energy bills if not well-managed. This does not mean that the comfort is compromised, but it is tempting to crank the AC system. This action may lead to power grid draining and inefficient energy usage, leading to huge energy expenses. However, there are more improved ways to cool the house and stay comfortable.
A smart thermostat has been proposed by many ASEAN-member countries as a way to save on energy costs. According to experts, a smart thermostat can save approximately one-third of all total cooling costs if used appropriately. The hotel rooms with smart thermostats can be operated remotely, meaning that a customer can control a room’s climate while away. Other modern thermostats can be preprogrammed to cool the rooms when the temperature rises beyond a certain point.
So, how do you manage the thermostat in order to use energy more efficiently?
Using Ceiling Fans
Energy conservation experts working with the ASEAN-member countries have been recommending the use of ceiling fans in hotels. They cool down the person by stimulating evaporation from the occupant’s skin and force the warm air away. However, these fans are better used to cool people, not the rooms and therefore it is advisable to turn off when leaving the hotel room. The Asia region is a hot place and the travelers can enjoy a cooler feeling.
Thermostat is Easy-to-Manage
With an air conditioning system, it is advisable to cool the rooms during the hot day and warm during the cold nights. However, the hotel management should be keen to advise the room occupants to adjust the thermostats regularly in order to save energy. Also, the hotel management should put instruction stickers in the rooms to educate occupants that the rooms do not need to be cooled all day long if there is no one inside. More info on thermostatistics.
Energy Audit is Important
The ASEAN-member states are working with utility managers on educating the hotel owners on how to save energy by auditing the energy usage. These utilities also provide various types of rebates and incentive programs that can add advantage to your energy bill reduction. Hotel energy audits are done for free or at very small feel, and they will show how to save energy in the hotels.
Use LED Bulbs
Some of the Southeast Asian hotels are shying away from the use of LED bulbs because they are relatively more expensive compared to other conventional bulbs. However, the ASEAN forum brought to attention the subsidies that various states will provide in order to make the price of the LED bulbs affordable. Generally, the bulbs are energy efficient and will help to manage the energy cost more efficient.
Prevent Direct Sunlight from Entering the Room
Being a hot region, the Southeast Asian hotel owners are advised to keep the sunlight away from entering the rooms. The solar is hot and therefore things such as blinds, drapes, and shades can keep away the heat from the rooms. Therefore, the air conditioner can be kept at higher temperature setting to maintain a cooler and comfortable room. According to the experts, every increase in the degree to raise the air conditioning temperature setting can help in saving up to 8% on the cooling cost.
Seal Drafty Areas in the Rooms
When the drafty areas in the rooms are sealed, the cold air will be maintained within the space. When the cold escapes, it means that the AC will be working harder to cool the space. You will be forced to adjust the thermostat to a lower setting in order to achieve an ideal cooling effect. So, the hotel management can advise the room occupants to close the windows and doors to ensure that the cold air is not escaping away.
Last but least, the ASEAN members were advised to purchase energy star sealed central air conditioning units. This is because the statistics based on the South East Asian countries show that energy star certified units are more efficient than the conventional methods. So, there are economic implications when using the energy saving units.