SOL VISTA’s Energy Insights Featured in LODGING Magazine

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Company Co-founder Zack Moore shares best practices for conducting a successful hotel energy audit

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Routine energy audits every two to three years can save hotels tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost energy and water, reduce the environmental impact of your building, and identify solutions to occupant comfort problems

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SOL VISTA, the hotel energy experts, recently contributed to LODGING Magazine, the official publication of the American Hotel and Lodging Association. The article, written by SOL VISTA Co-founder and SVP of Client Solutions Zack Moore is titled “Conducting a Successful Energy Audit”. The purpose of an energy audit is to analyze the energy and water usage of a building, resulting in a list of energy conservation measures (ECMs) that address the building’s inefficiencies. In the article, available here, Mr. Moore describes why energy audits are important for hotels, the audit process itself – from site walk-through to report delivery, and how to maximize the ROI of an energy audit.

Mr. Moore drew on his experience conducting over 40 hotel energy audits with SOL VISTA to create the best practices described in the article. He suggests leveraging a third-party energy services company to conduct the hotel energy audit, but to first vet the company to ensure it has experience in not just identifying, but actually implementing ECMs.

After the audit is completed, the hotel will receive a report that includes an inventory of systems and a list of recommended ECMs. Energy savings from an audit can range from 10 to 30 percent on average from identified ECMs, but can go much higher for older sites. A strong report should also include available utility incentives, energy benchmarking, energy procurement strategies, and an analysis of renewable energy and on-site generation opportunities.

An auditor may also recommend subscribing to a building performance monitoring service, such as SOL VISTA’s Skywalk technology platform, in order to track anomalies in energy use and alert hotel staff to energy and water spikes, thus preempting significant future energy losses.

Mr. Moore concludes by suggesting that routine energy audits every two to three years can save hotels tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost energy and water, reduce the environmental impact of your building, and identify solutions to occupant comfort problems. A good audit should pay for itself within a few months to a year of implementing no-cost ECMs.

SOL VISTA has reduced energy costs and usage for more than 150 hotels since its inception. To view a list of these clients, click here.

ABOUT SOL VISTA

SOL VISTA helps hotels quickly and continuously reduce utility expenses through a unique combination of onsite services and performance data analytics software. We impart years of energy consulting, real estate investment, hotel operations, and software experience to each new engagement. Our onsite services leverage Skywalk, our proprietary SaaS platform, to transform energy and water data into results that significantly reduce utility consumption and supply costs. At more than 150 hotels, including many well-known brands and properties, we have successfully delivered actual utility cost savings of 20 to 50 percent. For more information, visit http://www.solvista.com

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