greenplanetToday's consumers demand a lot from the hotels that they give their business to. Your prospective guests will certainly be seeking out clean and comfortable accommodations on a budget they can afford, but they'll also be looking at what sets your brand apart from others. This means identifying with a cause like promoting a "greener," more environmentally responsible world.

Beyond allowing your patrons to participate in programs that minimize the amount of water and energy expended on washing linens, though, why not switch your entire phone system over to a service that is eco-friendly? With VoIP, you can do your part to help the environment without sacrificing the high-tech creature comforts that travelers have come to expect. Here's how:

Reduced Paper Waste

On any given day, a hotel may consume reams of copy paper from printing documents for guests and faxing paperwork to service providers and other hotels within the chain, among a variety of other tasks. Not only can these costs really begin to add up, but it also means that you're wasting a lot of valuable resources. Switching to a VoIP phone system can help in a couple of ways. First, guests can enjoy the luxury of being able to check in and out on their own, which will decrease the need for your front desk to print out paperwork that's likely to end up in the wastebasket anyhow. Secondly, your staff can take advantage of fax over IP (FoIP). Instead of being required to print a hard copy of the documents that need to be faxed, your team will be able to send the document directly via FoIP. You'll notice the difference in your office supply budget immediately, while reducing your carbon footprint.

Less Power Demands on Phone System

Although perhaps not true of a residential landline, business telephony systems can actually demand a lot of energy in order to function properly. As a result, your hotel will end up with higher utility bills as you burn through more energy to meet your needs. VoIP systems put a lot less strain on the environment because the expended energy is minimal. How is this possible? It's because the only energy needed to keep everything up and running comes from that which is provided to maintain Internet service.

Less Waste as the Result of Replaced Telephony Systems

One major (and very expensive) problem associated with traditional telephony systems is that they need to be replaced on a fairly regular basis. Systems that are more than a decade old will disappoint your guests and slow down your front desk as the result of a deficiency of advanced features. Because these systems aren't scalable and cannot receive updates over time, they need to be completely replaced. What happens to the old phone systems and their associated lines? They contribute to our overfull landfills. Instead of adding to the waste, savvy hotels are investing in VoIP solutions that will grow with technology and with your business for the long haul.

Fewer Chemicals Released Into the Environment

Although most people don't think about it, legacy phone systems demand miles and miles of underground wiring for functionality. In many cases, these wires are coated with substances that are not environmentally friendly and can introduce harmful chemicals into the ground. Because VoIP systems don't need these underground wires, hotels that embrace the technology will be doing their part to save the planet -- especially when you consider how many times the wiring would be replaced throughout the years with legacy phone system replacements.

Are you ready to make the switch to VoIP as a way to save money and help the environment? The techs at PhoneSuite really know their stuff and are ready to help you every step of the way through your upgrade. Contact us today and we'll get you started!