Why be energy efficient?Two people talking at a cafe

Controlling energy costs is an increasingly important part of managing a hospitality business. Energy prices are a growing concern for most hotels and there is great pressure to minimise energy use.

In an average hotel, the hot water infrastructure together with kitchen and laundry equipment makes up over two-thirds of the businesses gas use.1 In the average pub, hot water, kitchen, cold store/cellar and refrigeration equipment consume nearly a quarter of all energy used. Focusing on ways to reduce energy consumption in these areas can provide the greatest gain for improving energy efficiency and saving you money.

Key resources

The Australian Hotels Association (AHA) has developed a suite of materials to help identify and implement simple, cost-effective ways of reducing energy costs associated with operating a hospitality business.

  • Factsheets ­- The fact sheets cover topics such as energy efficiency in business planning, behaviour change and understanding energy bills and tariffs. There is also information on heating, ventilation and air conditioning, lighting and other equipment energy efficiencies. Renovations and refurbishments, resource use and the supply chain are also covered.
  • Induction Manual (Opens in a new window) PDF 504 KB – The induction manual provides information to help induct management, operational staff and contractors on the organisation’s expectations in relation to energy efficiency.

See the AHA website for more information on energy management in the hospitality sector.

See the Tourism sector for other energy efficiency information relevant to this sector.

Also see the Commercial and services page on the EEX website for more energy efficiency opportunities, case studies and resources.

Visit business.gov.au for more information on planning, starting and growing your business. The website offers simple and convenient access to government information, forms and services. 

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  1. Australian Hotels Association (2013) ‘Other equipment energy efficiencies’ AHA Hotel Energy Efficiency Program (Opens in a new window) PDF 549 KB