Consumption limiters for saving and controlling the cost of electricity in hotels, hostels, rural houses and all types of accommodation. They work by time, by coins or tokens.
As a side note I think I hear The Who’s Baba O’Reilly in the background of this TikTok. Appropriate, since so much of Airbnb seems to be a teenage wasteland.
On my last Airbnb stay, the home’s manager had set the thermostat to 74. And to make sure you couldn’t lower it, the thermostat was locked. But we weren’t being charged extra for air conditioning on top of the room rate. This wasn’t disclosed in the listing, though, and we managed to get it unlocked for our stay. 71 degrees was a more comfortable temperature, and we turned it up or off when outside the unit.
If we’re going to call out hotels that try to scam guests with extra fees for electricity then Airbnb ‘hosts’ who are unbundling and charge a la carte for air conditioning should be called out too.
Hotel chains have brand standards, and so far electricity surcharges haven’t been allowed to stand. Most brands also require air conditioning as one of their standards. And it has to be included in the price. Shouldn’t there be minimum expectations of an Airbnb, too?