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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.

MaxLite Announces 25th Anniversary

WEST CALDWELL, N.J.—MaxLite will celebrate its 25th year of manufacturing and marketing energy-efficient lighting solutions by showcasing a full portfolio of LED luminaires, lamps and lighting controls at LIGHTFAIR International 2018 (Booth 3633), May 8 to 10, in Chicago. One of the first companies in the industry to move into LED technology, MaxLite was founded in 1993 by President and CEO Yon Sung. Sung left the banking industry to follow his family roots in the lighting business, and formed MaxLite as a joint venture with his father’s South Korea-based fluorescent lighting company SK Enterprise Co. Ltd. He began MaxLite with...

MGM Resorts International, Invenergy Announce Development of 100-Megawatt Solar Array

LAS VEGAS—MGM Resorts International and Chicago-based Invenergy, North America’s largest independent renewable energy company, have partnered on a new solar photovoltaic array, which will generate 100 megawatts of clean, renewable energy. The MGM-Invenergy Solar Project will be located 25 miles north of Las Vegas and MGM Resorts will purchase all the energy generated by the project to help power its 13 properties on the Las Vegas Strip. The project will be operational by the end of 2020. This project is in line with MGM Resorts’ longstanding leadership and commitment to reduce its consumption of the Earth’s limited resources. “Protecting the...

Remodel the Green Way with Window Film

In the highly competitive lodging market, remodeling is a great way to edge out the competition. And in today’s world, being environmentally conscious and incorporating green initiatives when remodeling should be a high priority for many hotels. It not only benefits building operators and their guests but the planet too. With this in mind, hotel operators can incorporate professionally installed window film as an economical means to advance their green initiatives. According to the US Department of Energy (DOE), between 25 to 35 percent of wasted building energy is blamed on inefficient windows, and many older hotels still have less efficient single...

Zenergy Brands Announces New Zero Cost Program

DALLAS—Zenergy Brands, Inc., a leading next-generation utility, announced that it is has landed several new clients this year, one of which is a new Zero Cost Program client—Tanglewood Resort & Conference Center. Through Zenergy’s Zero Cost Program, the company will be able to provide an entire suite of conservation-based products and services that will enable the Tanglewood facility to achieve its sustainability goals as well as have a positive impact on its bottom line. Situated on Lake Texoma, just north of the Dallas/Fort-Worth area, Tanglewood provides the perfect setting for both personal relaxation and business retreats. The hotel features 248...

HyCube Hydroponic Production System Launched at Orlando World Center Marriott

ORLANDO, FLA.—Eco Convergence Group, Inc. (ECG) unveiled the first HyCube modular hydroponic vegetable production system last Thursday at the Orlando World Center Marriott. The HyCube’s data-driven, precisely controlled, patent-pending hydroponic system is constructed in an illuminated modern structure right next to the hotel’s main kitchen. Orlando World Center Marriott is the first hotel to utilize the HyCube growing system, growing produce for its nine dining outlets and 450,000 sq. ft. of meeting and event space. The hotel’s Executive Chef Eric Martinez and his culinary team will have a constant bounty of fresh, healthy produce, such as lettuce, baby spinach, arugula,...

EarthTronics Introduces Vapor Tight LED Series

MUSKEGON, MICH.—EarthTronics, dedicated to developing innovative energy-efficient lighting products that provide a positive economic and environmental impact, introduces its new line of IP66 wet location rated Vapor Tight LEDs to provide a low-cost solution for lighting parking garages, cold storage, walkways, stairwells, under canopy, exterior retail and other wet, dusty and dirty environments. The 48-inch long, Vapor Tight LEDs from EarthTronics are available in 30 and 40 watts, producing 4200 and 5600 lumens with a 150° beam angle. Both units feature a 5000K color temperature with a high 80+ CRI. They have a 0-10 Volt dimming standard and will perform...

Master-Bilt to Highlight Remote Refrigeration at NRA Show

CHICAGO—For the 2018 National Restaurant Association Show, held at McCormick Place, Master-Bilt is highlighting their more efficient and eco-friendly remote refrigeration. Master-Bilt’s newly redesigned remote refrigeration systems consist of M-Series condensing units and E-Series evaporator coils equipped with environmentally-friendly R-448A/R-449A refrigerant. Expansion of the M-Series condensing units to include models from ¼ HP all the way to 15 HP. A switch to more efficient and reliable compliant scroll compressors on many models. In fact, all low temp units are now standard with scroll compressors. Medium temp models are available in both hermetic and scroll, depending on HP rating. Many popular...

Nor-Lake to Showcase Energy-Efficient Refrigeration Systems at NRA

CHICAGO—Nor-Lake will be displaying a wide array of products at the National Restaurant Association Show, May 19 to 22 at McCormick Place in booth #4260. Nor-Lake will be exhibiting refrigeration systems with Copeland Scroll compressors. Scroll compressors provide customers with highly-engineered, energy-efficient refrigeration systems with: Increased reliability and extended equipment life due to fewer moving parts; Up to 20 percent energy savings and consistent long-term operation over reciprocating compressors; Effective management of slug flow without damage to the compressor; and Quieter operation. There will be subject-matter experts along with visual aids and a video presentation to educate and inform visitors on...

Dyson Adds New Airblade Wash+Dry Hand Dryer

CHICAGO—In 1907, paper towels were introduced to washrooms. The electric hand dryer made its first appearance in 1948. But both can be expensive, unhygienic, and harmful to the environment. In 2006, Dyson engineers put a century of poor performing hand drying methods to rest, with the invention of Airblade hand dryer technology. But even with an efficient hand dryer, water dripping on the washroom floor can be a concern, as can excessive sound. With these challenges in mind, Dyson engineers set out to re-engineer the existing Dyson Airblade Tap hand dryer, to reduce loudness while maintaining a fast dry time....

Saunders Hotel Group Wraps Green Initiatives into Genuine Responsibility

BOSTON—The Saunders Hotel Group, a strong proponent of hotel sustainability since 1989, has expanded its sustainability program into a broader program called Genuine Responsibility. “We’ve been involved in sustainability initiatives for many years now,” says Samantha Sorrin, Director of Responsibility. “Genuine Responsibility is a natural way of expanding it.” Genuine Responsibility is a broadening of the company’s efforts to reduce resource consumption to more of a concentration on supporting local businesses and caring about the wellbeing of the local community, travelers and employees. “There is a lot of overlap between these,” Sorrin says. This year the Saunders Hotel Group has...