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Everyone has felt the sting of rising energy costs recently. Savvy hoteliers have implemented plans to address these increases. It could be a simple operational change or a complex capital investment. 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: greenlodgingnews@gmail.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. It could be a simple operational change or a complex capital investment. 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: greenlodgingnews@gmail.com.

Hotel Zena Opens with Volara + Google in Every Guestroom

NEW YORK—When Hotel Zena opened its doors this month in downtown Washington, D.C., Volara was there to get guests talking via Google Nest Hubs in each of its 191 guestrooms. Implementation of Volara’s contactless guest engagement and touchless room controls solution is part of a systemwide rollout by Viceroy Hotels & Resorts to voice-enable all guestrooms at its luxury boutique hotels. This is the fifth Viceroy hotel to add Volara-powered voice assistants to guestrooms, and the second property to feature Google’s Hotel Solution. Viceroy Los Cabos added Amazon Alexa devices powered by Volara in 2018, followed by Hotel Zetta San...

EVBox’s Next Generation of EV Charging Arrives in North America

LIBERTYVILLE, ILL.—Electric vehicle (EV) charging hardware and software company EVBox announced that its award-winning Level 2 AC commercial charging station, EVBox Iqon, has received UL-certification and is available for installation across North America. Designed specifically for the scalability needs of the North American market, Iqon alleviates many of the common problems faced at EV charging locations at shopping centers, hotels, parking facilities, or workplaces and improves the EV charging experience for drivers and operators alike. With its North American headquarters in Libertyville, Illinois, EVBox is bringing its experience and leadership in the European EV market to the United States and...

Advancements in Technology Make Mini Refrigerators Increasingly More Efficient

NATIONAL REPORT—While fewer hotels are offering minibars, mini refrigerators are an expected appliance today, especially given COVID-19 and the inclination for travelers to bring their own food to their guestroom. Your choice of mini refrigerator can make a difference in not only guest satisfaction but your energy bill as well. The Energy Star website provides a page that allows one to search by price, size, capacity, brand name and shows annual energy consumption. Green Lodging News reached out to some of the lodging industry’s leading makers of mini refrigerators to get their latest take on this expected appliance. Minibar Systems Minibar...

Why & How Polyurethane is Environmentally Friendly for the Construction Industry

NATIONAL REPORT—“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it”—Robert Swan As a whole, the construction industry is aiming to be more environmentally friendly and one of the ways they are doing this is by utilizing polyurethane. In the majority of cases, polyurethane can replace the use of rubber, silicone, and plastic. Numerous companies have removed the use of plastic in their processes and products as much as possible. Why is polyurethane the most popular option? Because it has a lot of the same functionalities as the products above, but it is considered environmentally friendly, too,...

Onsite Utility Services Among 50 Fastest Growing Companies of Year

DELAVAN, WIS.—Onsite Utility Services Capital has secured its reputation as a national leader in energy efficiency solutions by earning a place on the esteemed Silicon Review 50 Fastest Growing Companies of the Year 2020. “Being named to the list is a huge milestone for us,” says Fritz Kreiss, Onsite’s founder and CEO. “As we celebrate this win, we hope to continually build on this accomplishment and optimize our approach to energy solutions for many years to come. And with our new Clean Air as a Service program, we are in excellent position to continue leading the industry.” Onsite Utility Services Capital...

Let There be Light…But Not Too Much

Does your property light pollute? Perhaps you have not even thought about it but light pollution, as defined by the International Dark-Sky Assn., is “the inappropriate or excessive use of artificial light.” A big thank you to UpSpring PR for making me aware of some of the issues related to light pollution and what can be done to minimize it. They cited four expert opinions in their recent e-mail to me. (To see how bad light pollution is near you, check out the NASA Blue Marble Navigator.) In a nutshell, light pollution can have many negative impacts on wildlife and...

FreeWire EV Charger Achieves UL Certification, Enables Ultrafast Charging

SAN LEANDRO, CALIF.—FreeWire Technologies has announced that Boost Charger is the first battery-integrated ultrafast charging system to achieve UL certification. Boost Charger is the future of electric vehicle (EV) charging technology—a next-generation charger that boosts power at the grid edge instead of relying on utility upgrades. It uses existing low-voltage power coupled with an integrated battery buffer to enable ultrafast charging speeds while reducing installation costs and complexity by an order of magnitude. By eliminating grid upgrades, Boost Charger also makes ultrafast charging feasible at ten times as many locations as compared to traditional chargers. Boost Charger is the first...

Carrier Adds Variable-Speed WeatherExpert Commercial Rooftop Units

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Carrier announced that its WeatherExpert line of rooftop units now includes the variable-speed 48JC gas/electric and 50JC electric/electric models designed to vary cooling capacity down to 25 percent and up to 105 percent of normal capacity. The units boast impressive SEER ratings up to 20.0 and feature innovative EcoBlue Technology. Carrier, a world leader in high-technology heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration solutions, is a part of Carrier Global Corp., a leading global provider of innovative heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC), refrigeration, fire, security and building automation technologies. The 48/50 JC units are the products of extensive research and development designed...

Energy Code Appeals Put Efficiency Progress at Risk

NATIONAL REPORT—The amount of energy used by new buildings in the years to come is at risk of being higher than it should be—and higher than local government officials desire—if building and fossil gas industry interests prevail in overturning portions of the latest model energy code. The 2021 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) was on pace to be the most energy efficient code ever. But if industry interests succeed, there will be increased costs for owners and occupants, more power plant pollution dirtying our air, and thwart the ability of local governments to use building energy codes as a...

EarthTronics Introduces EarthBulb Smart LED Lighting Series

NORTON SHORES, MICH.—EarthTronics, dedicated to developing innovative energy-saving lighting products that provide a positive economic and environmental impact, introduces its high efficiency EarthBulb Smart LED Lighting Series that enables users to easily control ambiance and comfort through a wide range of white light and colors, while providing energy savings and security. The EarthBulb Smart LED Series includes the 9-watt A19 LED and the 8-watt BR30 LED, delivering 800 and 650 lumens with a high 90 CRI. Both LEDs are powered by the Tuya Smart App, available from Google Play or the App Store, to control white light from 2200K warm...