Valencia River Walk Hotel, a boutique 213-room hotel on the River Walk in San Antonio, TX, was facing high exposure to the western sun resulting in difficulties in regulating the temperature of the hotel. To improve the comfort of employees and guests alike, the Valencia Hotel turned to EES Consulting to help them reduce the heat coming into the hotel through the windows.
EES Consulting installed energy efficient window film on the western facing windows. The benefits of this solution was multi-pronged, reducing utility costs through kilowatt hour reduction, reducing the heat load on the HVAC unit, improving comfort in the hotel and keeping visibility through the glass intact.
Prior to the window film installation, late afternoon complaints from hotel guests were rampant. Since the installation, employees have been more comfortable and the complaints have disappeared.
President, Jeffrey Rawson, has been very pleased with the results.
“You can sit at the window and read your book and not worry about being fried in the afternoon sun,” he said.
Before the installation, the hotel was using an average of 177,019 kWh per month. After the installation, the hotel’s average kWh usage was 168,893 kWh per month, a 5% decrease and an annual cost savings of $13,651.
While energy efficiency improvements can have a huge impact on a business’ financials, Jeff’s primary goal in hiring EES was to make his hotel more comfortable and keep his guest coming back. After the installation, the hotel rooms are cooler without sacrificing their view of the San Antonio River Walk.
“I was particularly impressed with the films and the proof of concept of cutting the radiant heat transmission through glass,” Rawson said. “It’s kind of a win, win, win. It’s fabulous.”
By working with EES Consulting, Valencia River Walk Hotel was able to reduce costs, increase comfort, improve the customer experience and diminish their impact on the environment.
Annual kWh Savings195,014 kWh
Annual Dollar Savings$13,651
Energy Consumption Reduction5%
Carbon Dioxide Reduction443,637 pounds
You can sit at the window and read your book and not worry about being fried in the afternoon sun.