As you know, all hotels provide TV’s in their rooms for guests to use. Every TV has significant running costs and with energy costs skyrocketing, hotel management are focusing on ways to reduce one of their highest costs. But how can you reduce your energy costs without restricting guest access to the most used in-room appliance?
There are 5 major factors that affect the energy consumption of your TV. By considering each, you can significantly reduce the your annual power bill.
What kind of TV do you have installed in your hotel? If your hotel is running anything other than LED panels, it may be time to upgrade. Not only are you failing to meet guests’ expectations of a better-than-home experience, but you can justify the investment in new TV’s with power consumption alone.
Despite LED and LCD screens using the same Thin Film Transistor (TFT) Liquid Crystal technology, LCD monitors generally use Cold Cathode Fluorescent (CCFL) backlighting, resulting in a 20-30% increase in power consumption, compared to LED.
If your hotel is still using CRT or Plasma screens, then it is definitely time for an upgrade because each unit may be consuming up to 200% more power than an average LED screen according to an article on TV energy consumption.
There’s no getting around the fact that a bigger screen is going to consume more power to run. However, hotels have to meet the needs of their customers, who now expect bigger and better TV screens. We know that your hotel endeavors to remain competitive, we don’t need to stress the significant impact that guest satisfaction has on your revenue. Even though the size of your TV’s can play a role in power consumption, unsatisfied guests will cost you more. There are other ways your hotel can reduce the power bill without affecting the customer’s experience.
This one is self explanatory. As an example, the commercially available Samsung 43″ AE690 TV has an energy rating of 6 stars. Compared to most 43” TV’s which have an average rating of 3 stars, the difference can be around $45 per TV per year. For a hotel with 200 rooms, this can add up to over $9,000 annually. That’s $45,000 over the standard 5 year turnover period for a TV in a guest room.
As a hotel owner, you want your guests to feel free to use their TV as much as they want. However, a clever system integrator can help you take advantage of features included in your TV to significantly reduce energy consumption.
Brightness settings can play a big part in your electricity bills. A brighter screen setting can drastically increase consumption, draining up to three times more energy. Most LED’s boast an Eco Solution that reduces the power consumed by both brightness and sound without diminishing quality. This includes adaptive brightness settings which can automatically dim the screen depending on what is being displayed.
Every second a TV is switched on in a guest room without an audience is costing you dearly. Our survey shows that a surprising 42% of hotel guests have left their hotels room TV’s switched on when they check out. Additionally, it is common practice for housekeeping to leave the TV on with some form of branding displayed after cleaning the room, despite guests not being scheduled to arrive for some time.
Let’s say your hotel has 200 rooms. If we assume that each TV is switched on for 1 hour before guests arrive, you will be spending close to $600 annually on TVs in empty rooms.
Let’s then further assume the guest leaves the hotel TV on for around 3 hours after they check out. This has now increased your annual costs to $1800, which doesn’t even account for rooms where TV’s are left on for days…
Branding is a strong value proposition for hotels, so don’t switch those TVs off just yet. System Integrators such as Streamvision have proprietary solutions which can solve this problem with Smart TVs. Rather than being turned on when the room is cleaned, a Smart TV can be automatically switched on via the PMS only when the guest has checked in and is making their way up to the room. This effectively eliminates the time the time a TV is switched on in an empty room. That same function will also switch the hotel TV off when the guest checks out, saving serious cash on your electricity costs.
Secondary appliances are a big, yet unnoticed contributor to your electricity bill. Appliances like DVD or BluRay players, are often left on, despite rarely being used. Even if these devices were switched off, they draw up to 12 watts when on standby. This can add up to $22 per room, annually!
You may think this problem can be avoided by switching from traditional DVD rentals to Video On Demand content but unless you’ve chosen the right tools to implement this, you may actually be consuming more electricity. When hotels make TV purchasing decisions, many opt for cheaper hotel or domestic panels over the more expensive Smart TV’s. But in addition to what we’ve demonstrated above, choosing a Smart TV over a cheaper panel can save you money spent on complimentary appliances. Cutting costs by purchasing a dumb panel means you still have to purchase a Set Top Box (STB) to run your hotel TV solution. On top of their initial cost, Set Top Boxes also consume way more energy than any DVD or BluRay player, both running and on standby. They are also switched on for so much longer. A basic digital cable Set-Top Box can consume up to 30.6 watts while on standby. This can rack up a shocking $56 per room, annually. A hotel with 200 rooms is losing over $10,000 a year before any of the set-top boxes are even switched on. These additional costs will quickly exceed the initial savings you may think you are receiving through your purchase.
So if you’re worrying about how much it will cost to upgrade your TVs, make sure you know the price of putting it off.