This web-based Energy Benchmarking Tool has been developed under the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Caribbean Clean Energy Program (CARCEP), to provide a tool for hoteliers in the Caribbean to benchmark hotel energy and water usage, compare usage with similar hotels in different countries, and to learn how to save money by implementing energy and water efficiency measures.
While the tool provides valuable information for hoteliers to utilize when managing their energy and water usage and costs, as well as planning for future energy and water savings opportunities, there are limitations to this tool that should be taken into consideration. Any output information from this tool is only as good as the inputs. This tool makes every effort to accurately estimate and model hotel energy and water profiles, and in order to do this, many assumptions are made about hotel operating conditions that are not specific to each hotel. As good as any tool is, it is not a substitute for on-site inspections and real-time energy monitoring. We recommend hoteliers work with professionals to provide on-site audits and cost/savings estimates for any project before moving forward to ensure the best solutions are being implemented, and not rely solely on the outputs of this tool.
This tool is hosted on the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association’s (CHTA) website to allow for all members of CHTA to utilize, free of charge. The Energy Benchmarking Tool is a USAID-funded activity implemented by Deloitte Consulting LLP.
The tool allows hoteliers to create and save detailed profiles of their hotels and update operating conditions and usage going forward in order to minimize their operating costs and get immediate feedback on the benefits of their efforts.
The tool calculates expected energy and water use by extracting data from a hotel owner’s hotel profile and energy usage data, models expected energy usage within different parts of a hotel, and then compares those calculations with the hotel’s actual utility bills. In the end, the tool provides a hotel owner a reasonable estimate of how energy and water is used in different parts of the hotel and by different equipment.
The goal for this tool is to help hotel owners with a starting pointing for providing insight into their hotel’s energy and water usage, better track utility usage and costs, and provide a launching point for pursuing energy and water efficiency improvement projects.
The tool provides a few benefits to a hotel owner, including:
Analytics - This dashboard profiles the energy usage within the hotel, providing a category breakdown by usage and location (e.g., how much energy is being used by air conditioning in the guest rooms vs. in the common areas), and visualizations highlighting energy usage trends over time.
Comparison among other hotels - This dashboard highlights the hotel's energy usage compared with similar hotels. This allows the hotel to see how it is performing compared with similar hotels in different countries and by hotel size.
Energy and Water Efficiency Improvement Opportunities - This dashboard highlights recommended opportunities for reducing energy and water usage within the hotel, and provides estimates for savings opportunities along with paybacks for each measure. The recommendations are customized to the hotel based on the hotel user's inputs into the hotel profile.