Why be energy efficient?Tourists in city in evening

One of the greatest challenges for businesses in the tourism sector is to reduce energy consumption, while maintaining customer comfort in climate controlled facilities. For many businesses energy constitutes a significant and growing part of their operating budget.

Air conditioning in particular is a key area of energy use. For some tourism sectors such as hotels, air conditioning can contribute up to 50% of their overall energy use.1

Improving energy efficiency through equipment upgrades and energy management practices such as understanding your energy bill is one of the most cost-effective ways tourism businesses can manage rising costs to ensure future profitability and competiveness.

Case studies

The Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) has developed ten case studies illustrating how businesses in the tourism industry can save money using energy efficiency. For example, Logan and Albert hotel was able to save almost $9000 a year by implementing a turn off policy. Other case studies include:

  • Alto Hotel on Bourke
  • Cape Hillsborough Nature Resort
  • Fishes At the Point
  • Glebe Point YHA
  • Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort
  • The Manly Hotel
  • The Ship Inn
  • Hidden Valley Cabins
  • Rose Gums Wilderness Retreat.

See the ATEC website, Sustainable Tourism Online, to access the case studies.

Key resources

ATEC has also developed:

  • Factsheets – The factsheets cover topics including navigating an energy constrained economy, efficient lighting, efficient air-conditioning, efficient water heating, energy efficient procurement and efficient refrigeration.
  • Energy Efficient Services Guide – This guide provides resources to source energy efficient training, fittings and products for business.
  • Top 10 Tips – These tips provide a quick overview and tips on how to improve energy efficiency.
  • A sustainable tourism online community – Provides a platform to liaise with industry, government, academic and other professionals to share resources and participate in ongoing discussions relating to sustainability issues, challenges and solutions.

See the Sustainable Tourism Online website for more information on energy efficiency in the tourism sector.

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

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. Hotel Energy Solutions (2011) Analysis on Energy Use by European Hotels: Online Survey and Desk Research (Opens in a new window) PDF 1.7 MB, Hotel Energy Solutions project publications.