The Boiler Room Blog

Advice on commercial water heater selection, maintenance and safety issues for businesses that rely on a steady supply of hot water.

Looking for energy saving solutions for your hotel? Every hotel owner should try these simple ideas that are good for the environment and your bottom line.

Energy Saving Solutions Every Hotel Owner Should Try

The idea of implementing energy saving solutions at your hotel sounds great in theory; but in practice, it can raise concerns.

Guest experience is important and not every visitor wants to feel like they’re “roughing it.” We all know running a hotel is expensive and as an owner, you’re looking for ways to save. Cutting corners to implement energy saving solutions at your hotel can negatively impact guests’ experience and result in less-satisfied customers. It’s important to find a balance. Here’s how to adopt energy saving solutions without sacrificing your guests’ comfort.

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The Pros & Cons of a Paperless Business

Years ago, businesses were built on paper.

Paper, paper, paper. Whether you run a restaurant, own a hotel or manage an apartment, paper is probably a huge part of your life. It’s still a fundamental tool of business management today, but it’s increasingly becoming less and less necessary. If you’re thinking of switching to digital, the time is now.

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How to Market an Apartment: Making Small Studios Appealing

Turn a hard-to-market small studio apartment into a high-demand property with simple tips to boost the appeal.

Small studio apartments are often thought of as challenging units for property owners to fill. Striking the right balance between affordability and profitability is the challenge to finding tenants, but if the space is marketed correctly, the pool of potential renters opens up significantly. Proper marketing requires capitalizing on a product’s appeal. Small spaces offer many advantages for smart renters. All it takes is basic marketing prowess and thinking outside the (small) box.

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So You Opened A Successful Restaurant. Now What?

Congratulations on your successful restaurant launch! Now, how do you build on your reputation?

All your blood, sweat, toil and tears finally paid off. Not only did you open your restaurant successfully, but you’re ready to keep going—building on your triumph. A restaurant launch is an amazing accomplishment few people ever get to experience. Congratulations! Hidden inside most achievements are the first steps to the next challenge. How do you keep the ball rolling forward once the novelty wears off? Managing a restaurant requires a different mentality and skillset than starting a business. Here are a few tips to keep in mind…

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Battling Winter’s Wrath: How to Manage Dry Air Indoors

Understanding how to manage dry air ensures you, your guests and tenants remain healthy and happy.

As beautiful as winter months in the Midwest are, there are a few seasonal pitfalls.  Of course, we all think of frightful frigid weather outdoors, but the warm and cozy indoors offer drawbacks as well – primarily dry air.

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How To Winterize Outdoor Machines & Equipment

 

Spend a few hours winterizing your expensive outdoor equipment to make it last longer and perform better. Save money and avoid costly repairs with these maintenance tips.

Does your business have green space to maintain? Whether it’s a simple front lawn or a complex landscape design, there’s a good chance you are using some type of machinery to keep the grass and other vegetation looking trimmed and tidy. When winter approaches, don’t forget that those outdoor machines require extra attention before storing them for the season. A little preventative maintenance goes a long way in ensuring they are working properly when you need them again in spring!

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Save Money & the Environment with ENERGY STAR®

ENERGY STAR® was created with the intention of preserving our environment, and it also saves YOU money long-term.

In today’s competitive economy, more and more hotels, restaurants, apartments and condos are switching over to appliances and other equipment with the ENERGY STAR® rating for a couple of BIG reasons: long-term savings and an increase in environmental sustainability. But what is ENERGY STAR® and why does it matter if a product has the ENERGY STAR® stamp?

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Preparing to Sell Your Restaurant – What You Should Know

The decision to sell your restaurant isn’t likely to happen on a whim. It takes careful planning, as well as time to get your affairs in order.

Every restaurant owner thinks about selling at one time or another. But even if your restaurant is a red hot success and buyers are lined up at the door, figuring out how to sell a restaurant isn’t as simple as selling a home or a car. It often takes several months to make a sale, and it can pay to start preparing a full year in advance. Understanding how to sell a restaurant is about more than just having your paperwork in order and upgrading a few appliances. It takes marketing savvy, knowledge of your business and sometimes even professional help to get your restaurant in shape to sell and fetch a price that will make you happy.

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Housekeeping: Overlooked Tasks When Cleaning Guest Rooms

Your housekeeping staff works hard to ensure the best experience for your guests.

Humans are a messy species. Your housekeeping staff likely has some fascinating anecdotes about the strange things left behind by guests at your hotel. They should have a checklist of all the common things they need to do after a guest checks out, like change the bedding and towels. But there are a lot of other small things that should be considered while your staff is in the room. These small tasks can add up to big savings by keeping guests happy and avoiding the hassle of switching rooms or offering refunds should the guest find something amiss.

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How to Reduce Housekeeping and Laundry Expenses

Cutting costs should never mean cutting quality, especially when it comes to housekeeping.

Smart companies seek ways to cut costs across the board. Keeping an eye on overhead is rarely a bad idea. Plenty of costs can sneak up on hotel owners. Food costs, energy costs and staff costs squeeze profit margins daily, even if your hotel runs in tourist seasons. Many hotels big and small are looking into green initiatives to save money and increase guest awareness. Another option is doing the math on housekeeping and laundry expenses. An hour or two with a spreadsheet and a search engine can help owners figure out how to get the most for their money.

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