With the hospitality industry having taken a huge blow in the past year and energy prices on the rise, it’s more important than ever to be smart with your business energy plan.
Find the right gas and electricity tariff for your hotel, hostel, or B&B
Hospitality costs money. Guests are all smiles when they have nice linen, croissants, and escapist comforts. Yet behind that warm façade is an abundance of not only hard work but additional costs to provide:
While initiatives for guests to be conscious of their energy usage are great, switching off a side lamp is a comparatively small energy-saving action when you’re supplying a 24-hour service requiring all the costs listed above, and more.
Hotels tend to use a lot more energy than equivalent sized hostels, and certainly more than B&Bs. Individual rooms for each set of guests makes a big difference. An average hotel room is estimated to use around 50 kWh of electricity a day. This adds up.
On top of this, kitchens in your restaurants and/or bars send your energy usage up even further. Read our guide on energy usage in commercial kitchens for more information. It’s also worth keeping in mind that as a hotel, your usage may well be higher than that of a typical restaurant if you’re offering room service meals later into the night.
B&Bs face different challenges to hotels when it comes to energy consumption. Unlike the hoards of staff and, generally speaking, regular influx of guests, running a B&B is often a one-man show. This means you need to be even smarter with your savings.
With just a couple of rooms, energy usage is comparatively much smaller than a hotel, though your guests will still expect the same service: you need to be prepared to offer round-the-clock heating, electricity and hot water.
Your B&B is a business, meaning you should look at business energy deals even if your guests stay in the same property as your domestic home. You’ll need a bespoke package to cater for both your domestic and business consumption.
Here are a few easy-to-implement changes:
Our cost-cutting tips are all well and good, but will be of limited use if you’re not on the right plan. We know hunting for a tariff can feel like a challenge, particularly when you’ve got a business to run. Yet with our comparison tool it’s simple, and we’ll do the leg work.
Business energy plans differ from domestic plans in two key ways. First, you need to get your gas and electricity separately, there are no dual fuel plans for businesses. Secondly, quotes will be bespoke, calculated based on various aspects of your business, from its size to its location. At Simply Switch, we partner with experienced brokers to compare plans from over 25 market-leading suppliers in order to bring you competitive quotes.