One thing that’s sure to increase the amount you pay for your business utilities is having an on-site gym at your hotel. This greatly affects how much electricity your hotel uses.
Estimating exactly how much electricity your gym uses is difficult as it depends on a number of factors. These include the opening hours, the size, and the types of machines it has.
On certain days, the gym will consume more electricity than it does on others. For example, it may be full of guests one day and then barely be used the next.
Generally, a hotel gym will have air conditioning, electric bikes, running machines, and televisions which all contribute to electricity usage.
The best way to estimate the amount of electricity that your hotel gym uses is to break down the usage of the machines and devices.
Air conditioning is used to keep gyms cool so that they’re a comfortable environment to work out in. This means that A/C units are one of the biggest consumers of electricity within most gyms.
A 3kW A/C unit uses around 30 kWh of electricity when left on for 10 hours. Of course, more powerful units use more electricity.
Treadmills and other machines
Treadmills and machines like rowing machines use around 1.5 kWh of electricity an hour. If one of these machines is being used for 8 hours a day then it will be consuming about 12 kWh of electricity per day.
Unless your hotel gym has a lot of natural light, it’ll need to be lit whenever it’s in use. Most gyms use LED panels rather than lightbulbs which have a high level of energy efficiency. However, LED panels still contribute to electricity usage.
An LED panel typically uses around 0.25 kWh over a 10-hour period. So, if a gym has 10 panels then it will use around 2.5 kWh each day. If your gym uses fluorescent panels rather than LED ones then they will use a lot more electricity.
Small hotels are less likely to have gyms than large hotels which means this isn’t usually a concern. If your small hotel does have a gym, then you should compare small business energy suppliers to make sure you have the best rates possible.