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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.

Updating Older Buildings for Modern Energy Management

NATIONAL REPORT—Emerging technologies for energy management have shown incredible promise. However, these systems aren’t always compatible with older buildings, and their owners may need to invest in repairs and adjustments to accommodate the changes. Only then can they enjoy the full potential of modern equipment. Fortunately, the process for retrofitting a building isn’t nearly as challenging as it was in the past. With access to cloud computing, real-time data and analytics software, wireless sensors and submetering, building owners have found it far more affordable to manage upgrades and take control of their energy usage than ever before. According to the American...

Keep the Power ‘Variable’ to Reduce Your Hotel’s Energy Costs

One of the most important words to look for when considering energy-efficient equipment for your hotel is “variable.” I come across it often. In some cases, the technology has been available for years; in other cases, not. The main idea with “variable” is to not be running on 100 percent all the time. This past week in my feature on the very green Revisn aparthotel in Raleigh, N.C. you will see mention of a Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) heating and air-conditioning system. By operating at varying speeds, heat recovery VRF units work only at the needed rate allowing for...

Welcome Holdings Off to Very Green Start with Highly Efficient Revisn Brand

RALEIGH, N.C.—Almost seven months since opening in Raleigh’s Glenwood South district, business at Revisn has been great and the aparthotel has been at full capacity, says Dicky Walia, CEO and Managing Director of Welcome Holdings which developed the “green” Revisn brand. Large corporations are renting the residences. According to Welcome Holdings, Revisn combines the “spacious comfort and relaxing convenience of a luxury executive apartment residence with the hospitality of a boutique hotel.” What Revisn also does is provide guests with a low-carbon experience thanks to its high-tech approach to power generation and heating and cooling. Atop the 48-unit building is...

Study Confirms Benefits of Electrifying California Buildings

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Replacing natural gas (methane) with clean electricity, particularly for heating and hot water production, will slash greenhouse gas emissions from California’s single-family homes by up to 90 percent within the next three decades and save consumers money in the process, according to a new analysis. The study confirms electrification is a vital and cost-effective tool in reducing climate and toxic air pollution from gas combustion in buildings, which account for a quarter of the state total climate emissions. About half the pollution from California’s buildings comes from burning gas, primarily for heating and hot water. The state’s ability to...

Top Five Factors That Control EMS Energy Savings

WAUKESHA, WIS.—The installation of an energy management system (EMS) is an investment that pays for itself over time (typically two to five years), by reducing energy consumption and streamlining workflows. Engineers at Telkonet, Inc. analyzed the primary factors that affect EMS payback. They did this by looking at over 10 years’ worth of granular data about customer energy usage. Telkonet identified five primary drivers of EMS project payback. The company set out to learn which are the most powerful drivers affecting project payback. Telkonet gathered 10+ years of real-time savings data, and analyzed the following elements that affect each of its...

Company Makes It Easy to Turn Fitness Room into Power Generator

NATIONAL REPORT—According to the 2018 lodging survey released earlier this year, 75 percent of respondents indicated their properties have an exercise room or health/fitness facility. For the many years these millions of square feet of exercise rooms have been around, they have taken energy from the grid and not given it back. That is beginning to change thanks to at least one supplier of cardio fitness equipment—SportsArt. SportsArt is making it easy for hotel guests to generate AC power and send it back to the grid while exercising. The company’s ECO-POWR line includes a treadmill, cross trainer, elliptical machine, upright...

DewAir Introduces RH-Cube 18 Split System Dehumidifier

OTTAWA, ONT.—DewAir Corp., an Ottawa-based, leading manufacturer of HVAC and IAQ products, has introduced the RH-Cube 18, the HVAC industry’s first split-system mechanical dehumidifier using a compact, energy-efficient counter-flow heat exchanger for dedicated humidity control. The RH-Cube 18 reduces air-conditioning energy costs up to 55 percent and increases indoor air quality (IAQ) for restaurants, hotels, schools, healthcare clinics, athletic facilities, offices, grow-ops, factories, museums, warehouses, residences and many other applications with small to medium spaces requiring humidity control. The 18,000-BTU/hr, 600-CFM unit independently supplements any air-conditioning system by removing up to 206 lbs and 273 lbs (93 or 123 kg) of...

Jamaican Resort Chooses Capstone for Microturbine Installation

VAN NUYS, CALIF.—Capstone Turbine Corp., a leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced that Innovative Energy Corporation (IEC), Capstone’s exclusive distribution partner in Jamaica, has secured a second follow-on order for a C800 Signature Series microturbine along with a 20 year Factory Protection Plan. The C800 Signature Series will be installed in a combined cooling, heat and power (CCHP) configuration at the award-winning Couples Tower Isle luxury all-inclusive resort in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. This will be the third Capstone microturbine installation at a Couples Resorts property in Jamaica as the luxury resort management team for multiple locations across...

Lumileds Releases 2018 Sustainability Report

SAN JOSE, CALIF.—Lumileds, a global leader in innovative lighting solutions, released its 2018 Sustainability Report, which details the company’s progress in supporting the transition to a worldwide low-carbon economy. In the report, Lumileds highlights how its lighting solutions are contributing to positive changes in energy usage, safety, and health and wellness, supporting the company’s commitment to making the world safer, better and more beautiful with light. Lumileds follows a formalized sustainability agenda that identifies specific priorities and tracks progress. For example, in its global LED and automotive lighting operations, the company recently surpassed its 2020 operational goals relative to...

How Today’s Hotel Ownership Model Clashes with the Need for Green Energy Investments

The hotel industry was an early adopter in embracing energy conservation and other earth friendly practices. However, sizable capital investments like HVAC upgrades, energy generation, or smart materials in renovations exceeds the short-term revenue models for today’s hotel investor. As of now, what a hotel can do has been done—switch to LED light bulbs, key entry-driven lighting, and reduced turnover of towels and linens. Although these efforts generate cost savings and matter to the environment, the investments are limited compared to what is being committed in residential and in new construction particularly in office buildings. Today’s hotel investor is focused on...