Motion sensors automatically turn HVAC systems on when people enter and stay in a room and off when the room is empty. Unlike programmable thermostats, they do not work on a schedule.
Installing motion sensor thermostats in guest rooms helps reduce energy demand for heating and cooling as well as their associated costs. The actual savings depends on how long the guest is gone, the difference in temperature setting in an occupied versus an unoccupied room, and the relative size of the room. Some rooms may be unoccupied for the entire day, allowing for up to 12 hours of low energy use.
Read more about the benefits of installing motion sensor thermostats in guest rooms.
Challenge Participants Currently Adopting This Practice
- Boston Copley Marriott Hotel (project story)
- The Colonnade Hotel
- Seaport Hotel
- Sheraton Hotel
Financing Options, Incentives, And Rebates
Boston Area Businesses with Motion Sensor Thermostats in Guest Rooms
- Hilton Hotel Case Study
- Comfort Inn & Suites Logan International Airport
- Mandarin Oriental
- The Westin Copley Place, Boston
A Small Sample of Boston Area Providers and Installers
- Schneider Electric: Hotels
- Eco Green Hotel
- More Efficiency in Hotels- with HVAC, Lighting, and Security
In The News
- “W Hotel in San Francisco Earns LEED Silver Certification” Green Lodging News, April 2010
- “Marriott and Starwood Expand Their LEED-Certified Portfolios” Eco-Structure, April 2010