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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

Home 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.

Stone Terrace B&B Deploys Tesla Destination Charging Station

EVANSTON, ILL.—Stone Terrace Bed & Breakfast, a luxury bed and breakfast located in Evanston, Ill., has joined Tesla Motors Destination Charging Program, making it the first in Evanston and first B&B in Illinois to deploy a vehicle charging station on its property. The installation includes two “pull up and plug in” wall connectors, which add up to 60 miles of range per hour. A universal adapter is available for non-Tesla electric cars. Electric vehicle (EV) owners can leave their vehicles at the charging station while at the beach, shopping or enjoying time as a guest at the property. The EV...

HyLite LED Introduces Seven New Energy Star Rated Lamps

FORT MILL, S.C.—HyLite LED has introduced seven new Energy Star rated lamps. The New HyLite Energy Star Series features A19, A21, BR30, PAR20, PAR30, & PAR38 lamps. With HyLite’s existing line of HID, Plug-in CFLs, and Fluorescent Tube retrofits, HyLite LED can now offer a complete range of LED Retrofit Lamps to customers for any indoor and outdoor application. HyLite LED’s New Energy Star A-Series features highly-efficient A19 and A21 bulbs available in Soft White (2700K), Warm White (3000K) and Daylight (5000K) color temperatures. This new series saves up to 85 percent in energy compared to incandescent bulbs and is...

Excel Hand Dryer Performance Substantiated with EPDs

EAST LONGMEADOW, MASS.—Excel Dryer, Inc. announced that three of their hand dryers, the original, patented, high-speed, energy-efficient XLERATOR Hand Dryer, the XLERATOReco Hand Dryer and the ThinAir Hand Dryer, were evaluated, and their environmental claims, substantiated with the publication of the hand dryer industry’s first Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs). An Environmental Product Declaration is a standardized way of quantifying the environmental impact of a product by studying the raw materials and energy consumption during its production, use and disposal. For buyers and specifiers, the EPDs are a disclosure tool that helps purchasers better understand a product’s sustainable qualities and environmental repercussions so they can make...

LEDVANCE Invests Millions in U.S. Manufacturing

ST. MARYS, PA.—The maker of SYLVANIA light bulbs in the United States announced it has invested millions of dollars to keep and add local manufacturing jobs and increase U.S. production of something we all depend on—the light bulb. This initiative transitions 200 jobs from making traditional lighting products, whose demand has been declining, to new LED technology and also adds 20 new jobs. LEDVANCE has achieved this milestone by upgrading its St. Marys, Pa. and Versailles, Kentucky factories. The lighting leader celebrated this announcement at its St. Marys, Pa. factory with Walmart, which has made a 10-year commitment to...

Get Your Hotel ‘Switched On’ to LED Lighting

In lodging like hotels and B&Bs, the lighting is often as important as the fixtures in which they’re placed. This applies particularly to LED lightbulbs, since they’re directly tied to monthly energy costs, which can impact your bottom line. First, an introduction to LEDs: LED stands for “Light Emitting Diode,” a semiconductor device that converts electricity into light, doing so more efficiently than incandescent and CFL bulbs. The lack of heat emitted from an LED bulb is what sets it apart from an incandescent bulb. Heat is what shortens the lifespan, but since LEDs operate at lower temperatures, they last...

Green Lodging News Adds 3E Technologies as Directory Partner

ODESSA, FLA.—Hasek Communications, the Odessa, Fla.-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes 3E Technologies, Inc. as a Green Product & Service Directory partner. 3E Technologies is a recognized management consulting firm specializing in laundries for hotels, resorts, cruise ships, hospitals, institutions and commercial facilities as well as in the specific development of energy conservation projects. Thirty-five years of professional laundry experience in management, operations and consulting has enabled 3E Technologies to build a reputation based on creativity, research, and objectivity. 3E Tech bases its service around its clients’ needs for professional expertise and unbiased advice. Call (828) 859-0464 or...

Autani Hires Scott Metker as Chief Operating Officer

COLUMBIA, MD.—Autani, LLC, a leader in building controls and IoT, has hired Scott Metker as Chief Operating Officer. Scott joins Autani with over 18 years of experience in software architecture and leading IT solution deployment. Formerly, he held the roles of Chief Engineer and Director within the Technology Implementation and Integration division at GP Strategies. Under his leadership, the group transitioned from multiple legacy on-premise software offerings to a hosted Software as a Service (SaaS) platform with numerous top 20 pharmaceutical clients. Prior to this, he held the role of Chief Engineer at RWD Technologies where he was responsible...

Cypress Envirosystems’ Pneumatic Thermostats Gain Traction

NEW YORK—Department of Citywide Administrative Services Commissioner Lisette Camilo announced the 50th installation of Wireless Pneumatic Thermostats, a sustainable technology that will save time, money and energy in older buildings. As part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s goal to transform New York City’s municipal buildings for a low-carbon future, as outlined in One City, Built to Last, the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) has identified, tested and vetted this new innovative wireless digital thermostat. The Wireless Pneumatic Thermostats, or WPT, technology is from Cypress Envirosystems and can be installed in a fraction of the time and cost compared to...

The Importance of Qualifications for Restaurant Staff

The restaurant business is a unique field. Almost every job that is done there is something we all do at home on a daily basis. For that reason, many people in the food service industry—even managers—mistakenly assume that there is no need for in-depth training for their personnel. Of course, nothing could be further from the truth. To begin with, there are regulatory reasons for getting personnel trained. One misstep in an area such as alcohol service could lead to massive fines and potentially the loss of the license to sell liquor. Given the profitability and drawing power of serving...

New Updates to the ENERGY STAR Score for Hotels

SILVER SPRING, MD.—To gain better understanding of energy benchmarking for hotels, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) launched an analysis of the July 2012 CBECS survey to review variables impacting on-site energy use in hotels. The results from this analysis revealed changes that could improve benchmarking for various hotel types, on-site equipment, and operations. The new model was developed using the 2012 CBECS data, and validated using data from AHLA member hotels gathered through a recent AHLA survey.  Recently the EPA released findings and information on its forthcoming changes to the...