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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.

Energy Management

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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.

More Than 1,000 Companies Call for Strengthening ENERGY STAR Program

WASHINGTON – More than 1,000 U.S. companies and organizations signed a letter to Congress and the administration calling for lawmakers to strengthen the ENERGY STAR program that was recently proposed for elimination under the Trump administration’s budget. “ENERGY STAR is a model for successful collaboration between the public and private sectors,” the letter states. “It enjoys a long track record of success and should be strengthened, not weakened, to ensure it continues providing these important benefits to the public while helping us meet our energy and environmental goals.” The letter, which was sent Monday and can be found here, was led...

Acclaim Lighting Introduces Submersible, High Output Aqua Drum Series

LOS ANGELES—Acclaim Lighting, a leader in innovative and advanced lighting technology, introduces Aqua Drum, its newest series of high-output, submersible LED fixtures developed for outdoor façade wash, fountains, ponds, and landscape applications. Its marine grade stainless steel housing, sealed glass top, and in-grade mounting option enable the IP68-rated fixture to operate under up to 20 feet of water. Aqua Drum is available in multiple color temperatures (2700K, 3000K, 3500K 4000K) and color changing versions (RGBW and RGBA); several beam angles (10X10, 25X25, 40X40, 10X60 and 10X35); and three sizes (8, 18 and 36 LEDs) for custom lighting applications. The fixture...

Everywhere You Look—Plants—at Buenos Aires’ Boutique Palo Santo Hotel

BUENOS AIRES—Unmistakably green. There is no other way to describe the 26-suite Palo Santo Hotel in the trendy Palermo Hollywood district of Buenos Aires. The hotel’s facade, terraces, balconies, patio and roof are covered with plants. A specially designed iron structure on the building’s exterior serves as a support for the vertical gardens that reach 90 feet high. In total, more than 900 plants are spread throughout the building. The plants provide a natural insulation against climate extremes, absorb excess water, and help reduce the hotel’s carbon footprint by 80 percent by providing oxygen and absorbing CO2. The plants are...

Xeros Announces Collaborative Laundry Project

MANCHESTER, N.H.—Xeros, the innovator of polymer cleaning technologies, announced the Symphony Project, an innovative technology collaborative with a mission to improve the sustainability of the world’s laundry rooms. The Symphony Project will include access to the Xeros polymer science, product designs, IoT platform, and its entire commercial laundry eco-system to any participating partner. The goal is to enable partner brands to offer customers a more sustainable laundry system with significant operational and end-user benefits while retaining their hard-earned brand loyalty. Xeros established the Symphony Project with the goal of helping to improve the sustainability of the commercial laundry industry. For...

More Than Ever, Solar Makes Sense for U.S. Hotel Industry

Green Lodging News’ list of Solar Powered hotels in its Renewable Energy All Stars section grew by yet another this past week with the announcement of the completion of a 269 kW photovoltaic system at the Ramada Silicon Valley in Sunnyvale, Calif. The installation is projected to produce 426,000 kWh of power annually. The electricity generated by the system is expected to power at least 70 percent of the hotel’s 175 guestrooms, public lighting and three EV charging stations. The clean energy produced by the system is expected to equal a reduction of 8,727 tons of CO2 over 25 years or...

Ramada Silicon Valley Adds 269 kW Solar System

CYPRESS, CALIF.—The Ramada Silicon Valley in Sunnyvale, Calif. recently announced the completion of a photovoltaic (PV) system by Sky Power Solar with solar modules from Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc. The 269 kW system includes 996 Mitsubishi Electric Diamond Premium solar modules and is projected to produce 426,000 kWh of power annually. The electricity generated by the system is expected to power at least 70 percent of the hotel’s 175 guestrooms, public lighting and three EV charging stations. The clean energy produced by the system is expected to equal a reduction of 8,727 tons of CO2 over 25 years or planting 203,000 trees. In...

Mature Technology Makes Solar a Powerful Option for Water Heating

NATIONAL REPORT—Hotels and resorts around the planet are utilizing the sun’s infrared radiation and ultraviolet (UV) rays to preheat and heat water for on-property consumption—the Marriott Hotel Port-au-Prince in Haiti, the Brando in Tetiaroa, French Polynesia, the Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead, and the Hilton Garden Inn Exton/West Chester in Exton, Pa. are some examples. Not all properties use the same technology but they share the benefits of an ROI that can be relatively quick—in just a few years or less with incentives or rebates factored in. Solar water heating systems can also significantly extend the life of boilers...

MaxLite Earns Energy Star Partner of the Year Award

WEST CALDWELL, N.J.—MaxLite has been named a 2017 Energy Star Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence Award winner for continued leadership in protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency achievements. MaxLite’s accomplishments will be recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, D.C. on April 26, 2017. MaxLite is receiving the Energy Star Partner of the Year Award for the fourth year in a row, and fifth time overall, for its leadership in manufacturing lighting products that earn the Energy Star, the government-backed symbol of energy efficiency. “We are honored to receive the Energy Star...

EarthTronics Adds Type A Direct Install T5 LED Linear Tube

MUSKEGON, MICH.—EarthTronics, dedicated to developing innovative energy efficient lighting products that provide a positive economic and environmental impact for its customers, offers its new Type A direct install T5 LED linear tube to easily replace T5 fluorescent lamps working on program start high output ballast systems for high bay warehouse and industrial fixtures. The Type A direct install T5 LED linear tube uses just 25 watts and produces 3500 lumens for 140 lumen per watt performance. It is available in 4000K and 5000K color temperatures with a color rendering of greater than 80 percent. In addition, the T5 LED linear...

Greenbuild Conference & Expo Releases Sustainability Report

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Informa Exhibitions U.S. and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced the release of the 2016 Greenbuild Sustainability Report, highlighting valuable metrics and key benchmarks regarding the impact on energy use and waste management at the 2016 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, held last October at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles. “Each year, we celebrate our victories with the release of this report and set the bar a little higher for the next year, to continue positively impacting the events industry with environmentally responsible management in the planning, operations and execution of Greenbuild,” said Lindsay Roberts,...