According to the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association (FRLA), Florida's $71.8-billion dollar hospitality industry represents 23% of Florida’s economy and employs more than 1-million employees, positioning it as Florida’s largest employer. In Nassau County Florida “leisure and hospitality” is the second largest industry sector, employing 22.3% of the area’s workforce.
The hospitality industry is diverse and includes everything from small “mom-and-pop”-type sandwich shops to vast, sprawling resorts with thousands of rooms and amenities—and energy is of great importance to every owner or property manager. Energy savings and reliable service are critical components in operating a business. Reducing energy cost helps businesses improve their bottom line even without increasing sales. Having reliable energy means businesses can operate without worrying about service interruptions. Natural gas is helping the hospitality industry to function in a more productive manner.
The advantages of natural gas are not exclusive to food service. In fact, natural gas tankless water heaters provide a virtually endless supply of hot water every day and up to 55% in water heating energy savings. Also, natural gas dryers cost up to half as much to operate and provide even more value in terms of “time saved”. In fact, they can dry double the loads in half the time compared to their non-gas counterparts.
Rebates, At Your Service
Commercial customers are eligible for substantial financial rebates when they replace old worn- out, inefficient gas or electric appliances with new natural gas equipment. Commercial rebates are made available to help offset the cost of upgrading to higher-performance, more energy-efficient equipment.
A Greener Economy For All
For business owners, the savings and other “bottom line benefits” enabled by natural gas can then be reinvested back into their company, “freeing up” funds that can be put toward new job creation, expansion initiatives, and various other forms of business growth.
With plenty of supply and less volatility in price, natural gas will continue to play a key role in contributing to the cycle of prosperity for Nassau County hotels and restaurants, and the Florida hospitality industry as a whole.