SAINT CHARLES, MO.—Pineapple Hospitality’s new compact fluorescent (CFL) Fresh Bulb not only improves the guest experience by providing superior light quality and eliminating strong odors, but it also demonstrates a commitment to helping preserve the planet’s precious resources.
“Environmentally conscious customers will appreciate knowing their stays at your hotel will have less impact on the environment, and this leaves a positive impression of your property,” says Ray Burger, president of Pineapple Hospitality. “You also benefit, as the Fresh Bulb provides a complete payback in just a few months and a 20-fold overall return on investment in lighting cost-savings.
From reports about climate change on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” to the surprising popularity of Al Gore’s documentary, “An Inconvenient Truth,” it is clear that more and more Americans are concerned about global warming—and, equally important, they are wondering what they can do to help.
Amazingly, the reduction of global warming can start by changing one light bulb at a time. According to Michael Oppenheimer, professor of geosciences and international affairs at Princeton University, and a leading scholar on global warming, one of the top three ways to slow down global warming is to use energy-saving fluorescent light bulbs. He notes that if every American household replaced five light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs, it would save as much energy as if 8 million cars were taken off the roads.
According to the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), lighting accounts for about 39 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions from traditional electric generating plants. However, RMI estimates that CFL technology can cost-effectively save 50 to 90 percent of the power now consumed by lights in the United States. That would save $30 billion a year and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 20 million to 35 million tons per year.
“As an official EPA Energy Star partner, Pineapple Hospitality is proud to be part of the CFL solution to global warming,” Burger says. “Fresh Bulb uses up to 77 percent less energy to operate than a traditional 100-watt incandescent bulb.”
Evidence of Impact
Raj Vanmali, owner of the 36-room Americas Best Value Inn in Nashville, Tenn., has realized the environmental, as well as budgetary savings that Fresh Bulb can bring. The hotel recently replaced five 100-watt incandescent bulbs in each room with Fresh Bulbs.
“We received a complete payback on the project in energy savings alone in about three months, and these Fresh Bulbs can last up to five years—meaning a potential 20-fold return on investment in energy savings alone,” Vanmali says.
“The savings from changing light bulbs can have a dramatic impact on your bottom line and the environment,” Burger says. “If we all work together, and make fighting global warming a priority, just think of the impact that changing all the lighting from incandescent to compact fluorescent in every hotel could have on the world.”
While all fluorescent light bulbs help the environment by reducing the amount energy used, only Fresh Bulb can help improve the air quality of every room it is used in. Sharon Gallagher, CFL product manager for Technical Consumer Products—Pineapple Hospitality’s energy-efficient lighting partner in Aurora, Ohio—says the bulbs have coats of armor to fight off odors.
“Each Fresh Bulb is dipped three times in titanium dioxide and allowed to dry,” Gallagher says. “The coatings react with the fluorescent lighting when the bulb is turned on and within 10 minutes the Fresh Bulb begins eliminating odors ranging from tobacco to burned popcorn.”
As a way to raise awareness of the benefits of CFLs, Saint Charles-based Pineapple Hospitality is currently selling its Fresh Bulbs at a special rate.
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