Energy Management

Everyone has felt the sting of rising energy costs recently. Savvy hoteliers have implemented plans to address these increases. Green Lodging News covers the latest news and trends pertaining to energy management. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.


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GLN Welcomes Continental Girbau, Inc. as Directory Partner

4/28/2009

CLEVELAND, OHIO—Hasek Communications, the Cleveland, Ohio-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes Continental Girbau, Inc. as a Green Product & Service Directory Partner. Continental’s high-performance washer-extractors boost profits by decreasing water, natural gas and electricity usage.


Worrell Water Technologies Proves Wastewater Treatment Can Be Handled Naturally

4/27/2009

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA.—Worrell Water Technologies announced enhancements to its Next Generation Living Machine system, a proprietary ecological wastewater treatment system. Unlike today’s approach to wastewater treatment, the Living Machine operates as a decentralized, on-site system for water treatment and recycling, creating quality fresh water without chemicals, odor or nasty by-products.


Watt Stopper/Legrand Launches New Wall Box Controller

4/15/2009

SANTA CLARA, CALIF.—Watt Stopper/Legrand has launched a versatile 0-10 volt wall box controller that can be used to dim or switch lighting loads or raise and lower shades. The DRLV1 controller is the first such device to include an input allowing automatic control by an occupancy sensor when used for lighting control. The device is RF-enabled.


Marriott Recognized with EPA’s Sustained Excellence Award

4/13/2009

BETHESDA, MD.—For the third straight year, Marriott International has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with its Sustained Excellence Award. Among a long list of “green” accomplishments, the EPA noted Marriott’s energy reduction strategy, through which the company and its owners avoided $1.3 million in costs; decreased greenhouse gas emissions by 3 percent per available room; and increased its total number of Energy Star hotels to 275, the most of any hotel company. “Now, more than ever, helping to preserve the planet makes good business sense and is vital to the future of our company,” says Arne Sorenson, CFO.


Green Hospitality Experts to Speak at Upcoming Global Summit

4/8/2009

ARDSLEY-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—Organizers of the First Annual Global Renewable Energy Networking Summit have announced that several of the country’s top leaders in the green hospitality industry have accepted invitations to speak and participate in discussion panels at the upcoming three-day event.


Energy Management System Vendors Warm Up to Wireless World

4/7/2009

NATIONAL REPORT—Believe it or not, guestroom energy management systems have been around for almost 30 years now. According to Lodging Technology, it originated infrared occupancy sensor-based hotel energy conservation in 1980. It is only in the past few years, however, that wireless versions of the many hard-wired systems on the market have become available. Some vendors are just rolling out their wireless offerings. No two wireless systems are exactly the same but they all rely on thermostats, motion and/or passive infrared (PIR) occupancy sensors, along with door switches and transceivers/controllers to power down heating and cooling when guests have left the room or left a balcony or patio door open.


Caribbean Groups Launch Energy Efficiency Program

4/5/2009

BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOS—The Caribbean tourism sector has taken a major step towards energy efficiency within the hotel industry. The region’s public and private sector tourism groupings, the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) and the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA)—through its environmental arm, the Caribbean Alliance for Sustainable Tourism (CAST)—have launched a 24-month project to help the Caribbean hotel sector move towards energy efficiency. The $2 million Caribbean Hotel Energy Efficiency Action Program (CHENACT) is meant to drive the Caribbean hotels to implement energy efficient practices and to generate their own renewable energy. This, in turn, is expected to improve their competitiveness through improved energy use.


Whirlpool Corp. Receives Tenth Energy Star Award

4/1/2009

BENTON HARBOR, MICH.—Whirlpool Corp. has been recognized with the 2009 Energy Star Sustained Excellence award by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The award recognizes the company’s leadership in offering consumers appliance energy and water efficiency through its portfolio of brands.


Meraki Unveils Solar-Powered WiFi Mesh Device

3/30/2009

SAN FRANCISCO—Meraki, an award-winning provider of wireless networking solutions, announced the availability of Meraki Solar, the world’s first self-powered WiFi mesh device. Meraki Solar is powered by its own solar panel and solar-charged battery and represents a quantum leap forward in enabling the rapid deployment of outdoor networks.


Use Steam Cleaning to Keep Your PTACs Running Efficiently

3/30/2009

With all the “green” talk going around about reducing electrical consumption, one major energy user is rarely discussed—hotel PTAC/VTAC units. A dirty PTAC must often work twice as hard and consume twice the electricity to reach the desired room temperatures of demanding guests. Simply cleaning the filter on a regular basis is not enough. PTACs should be removed and thoroughly cleaned a minimum of once per year. Removing the dirt will increase efficiency significantly, and improve air quality immediately. Hoteliers that put an HVAC deep-cleaning plan into action for the first time can realize huge savings on their electric bills.


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