Error Proofing the Lights
What are some of the biggest wastes in a hotel or a resort? The first answer that comes to mind is the waste of water. Washing towels that may not need to be cleaned. Many hotels and resorts reduced the water used to wash towels by asking guests to put dirty towels on the floor and hang ones that are clean. It has become a fairly common practice.
So, what is the second biggest waste for a hotel or resort? How about the consumption of electricity? Have you ever left your room and left a light on or the TV going? Earlier this month, I was on vacation at a large beach resort with over around 1,000 rooms. Imagine if half of them left a light on in the room for 3 hrs extra a day. That is a large bill.
The resort I was staying at found a way to error proof this and cut down their electricity consumption. The picture below shows how they did this.
The slot on the right is for the room key card. You have to slide the key into the slot to activate the electricity in the room. The guests could then use the lights, TV and ceiling fans. You always need your key when you leave the room (unless someone is still in the room), so you pull the key out and the electricity in the room is deactivated.
It was simple to use and made the right thing easy and the wrong thing very difficult.
Have you seen any other error proofing methods to save electricity?