Energy Management

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Intelity, Crestron Unveil System at J House Greenwich


GREENWICH, CONN.—Intelity, a provider of hospitality guest services solutions, and Crestron Electronics, a provider of control and automation systems for multiple verticals, recently announced the first installation of the companies’ integrated room automation solution at the J House Greenwich, which will be followed with several other North American properties by end of year.

As Volume of Electric Vehicle Drivers Increases, So Too Do Service Expectations


NATIONAL REPORT—As of September 8, according to Plug In America, 360,236 plug-in vehicles had been sold in the United States. Since the introduction of plug-in electric vehicles (EVs) about five years ago, total sales are on pace to double that of plugless hybrids for their first five years. Today, there are more than 32,000 charging stations listed on the PlugShare website. Undoubtedly, there is a shift taking place in how folks get from point A to point B. According to the most recent AH&LA Lodging Survey, prepared by STR and funded by AHLEF, 11 percent of surveyed properties offer electric vehicle charging stations for their guests who drive electric and plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles. Some properties are even using electric vehicles for in-town or airport transfers, making it even more essential to have on-site charging stations. Most properties that have invested in charging stations for visitors, guests and others have done so at Level 1 or Level 2. A 120-volt Level 1 charger can charge a battery two to three miles per hour, depending on the vehicle.

Electric Mirror Unveils New Direct Replacement T5 LED Tubes


EVERETT, WASH.—Electric Mirror, a leading U.S. manufacturer of lighted mirrors and mirror TVs and a leader in mirror technology, announced that the company now offers a new product: Beautiful World T5 LED direct replacement tubes. Available now, the new T5 LED tubes provide customers with several advantages: a smarter product choice that is a direct replacement of existing fluorescent lamps with no extra wiring or driver cost, an energy cost savings of over 50 percent, and a high-output product that is up to 50 percent brighter than generic LED tubes.

1 Hotel & Homes South Beach Goes with ZON Powersol


MIAMI—At 1 Hotel & Homes South Beach, the recently opened luxury beachfront property in Miami, there’s no need to leave a prime poolside or beachside seat to go searching high and low for a wall outlet. The property is now equipped with ZON’s Powersol umbrellas. An industry leader in solar mobile charging with several patents, The ZON Powersol will make the outdoor spaces at 1 Hotel & Homes South Beach more accessible and convenient than ever. Harnessing one of Miami’s most abundant resources, the Powersol can charge up to three USB mobile devices at once through its solar powered lithium ion battery, as fast as a wall outlet.

MGM Resorts International Issues Annual Corporate Social Responsibility Report


LAS VEGAS—MGM Resorts International employee volunteers build a house from the ground up, and hand over the keys to an elated single mother and her children. Tens of millions of dollars are spent conducting business with minority- and women-owned enterprises, supporting the company's strategic objectives and commitment to diversity. MGM Resorts and NRG Renew partner to install one of the nation’s largest rooftop solar arrays at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, stretching a massive 20 acres. These are just a few of the powerful displays of corporate citizenship chronicled in MGM Resorts’ 2014 Annual Corporate Social Responsibility Report. Themed “Inspiration Begins With Us!”, the report features the company’s accomplishments in corporate social responsibility (CSR), which includes Diversity and Inclusion, Philanthropy and Community Engagement, and Environmental Sustainability initiatives. “MGM Resorts continues to integrate CSR best practices at all levels of our company’s operations and throughout our culture,” said Jim Murren, Chairman & CEO of MGM Resorts International. “We firmly believe that our CSR efforts make us both a better company and a better corporate citizen.”

Civilight Welcomes Vanguard Lighting as New Rep in New England


CARY, N.C.—Civilight North America announces the appointment of Connecticut-based Vanguard Lighting as the company’s newest sales representative for New England states. Vanguard Lighting’s territory will include Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.

Caesars Entertainment Selects Ecova to Manage Waste


SPOKANE, WASH.—Ecova, the total energy and sustainability management company, has been selected by Caesars Entertainment to help the company reach its CodeGreen goal of reducing waste generation by 50 percent by 2020. As a leader in environmental sustainability in the gaming entertainment industry, Caesars, which operates under the Caesars, Harrah’s and Horseshoe brand names, demonstrates their commitment to sustainability by reducing waste, reporting their greenhouse gas emissions to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) with the help of Ecova, a CDP accredited provider, and by leveraging the Ecova Energy and Sustainability Management Platform to gather additional insight to optimize its energy management strategy at the company’s affiliated locations in the United States.

PKF Hospitality Research: Consumption and Pricing Influence Hotel Utility Costs


NATIONAL REPORT—In hotels, utility costs consist of four major components. According to the 2015 edition of Trends in the Hotel Industry, electricity is the largest utility expense comprising 60 percent of total expenditures. Water/service is the next largest utility cost (23.8 percent) followed by gas/fuel (10.6 percent), and steam (2.3 percent). Trends in the Hotel Industry is the annual survey of U.S. hotel operating statements conducted by PKF Hospitality Research (PKF-HR), a CBRE Company. Over the years, the energy component of the consumer price index (CPI) has been a good indicator of the direction of the change in total utility expenditures at hotels. In general, when the energy CPI has gone up, hotel utility costs have increased, and vice versa. The energy CPI measures the average change over time in the prices paid by urban consumers for gasoline, fuel oil, electricity, and piped gas service. In the past three years we have seen a departure from this relationship. Starting in 2012, the energy CPI increased, while hotel utility costs declined.

Green Lodging News Adds Intus Windows as Directory Partner


ODESSA, FLA.—Hasek Communications, the Odessa, Fla.-based publisher of Green Lodging News, has added Intus Windows to its Green Product & Service Directory in the “Windows & Doors” category. Intus Windows is one of the pioneers in manufacturing and distributing of super energy-efficient windows and doors in the United States. The company has developed three distinctive product lines: Wood, Aluminum, and U-PVC. Each of them offers multiple choices of finishes and styles as well as different price points.

EarthTronics Now Offering A-Type EarthBulb LEDs


MUSKEGON, MICH.—EarthTronics is now offering general purpose A-type EarthBulb LEDs as an energy-efficient solution for replacing incandescent and compact fluorescent bulbs for home, hospitality, restaurant, long-term care and retail locations. These Energy Star rated bulbs feature multi-chipset high-power LED, an advanced cooling system that provides extended performance life, high color rendering of greater than 80 CRI, and smooth dimming capabilities from 100 percent to less than five percent.

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