Power consumption modeling and energy saving practices of hotel chillers

Lui Ming Mak, Wai Hung Chan, Danny Li, Leon Liu, Kevin F. Wong

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Hotel buildings consume a significant amount of energy, especially their chiller systems. This study aims to create a model of the power consumption of the hotel chillers, and to identify the practical means to reduce the power usage of chillers. The examined parameters include air-conditioned floor area, guest floor area, gross floor area, number of employees, room occupancy, food cover, outdoor air temperature, window velocity, service type and relative humidity. It is anticipated that the developed modeling equation may provide a reference for hotel engineers to forecast any diagnostic problems and form a benchmarking indicator for comparing chillers' energy efficiency. A survey of hotels in Shanghai was carried out to collect energy consumption data of chillers during air-conditioned cooling months. Regression analysis indicates that number of staff was a major and statistically accepted factor in explaining the electricity consumption of chiller in hotels. In addition, the paper discusses some means and suggestions in reducing chillers' power consumption.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Hospitality Management
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2013


  • Chiller
  • Electricity
  • Energy
  • Hotel
  • Power consumption
  • Shanghai

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
  • Strategy and Management

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