Strategy Plan for Hotels Going Green

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    Green Electricity

    • Green hotels are saving on electricity bills and saving the environment one room at a time by replacing all lightbulbs with compact fluorescent fixtures, or better yet, light-emitting diodes that don't contain mercury. Hotels are also implementing timers for their lights to avoid usage in the day when guest aren't present. Also, avoiding individual AC adapters in the wall fixture and instead replacing them with power strips that can easily be turned off at night is proving to be another way to cut back on unneeded electricity.

      Some hotels have even gone so far as to install solar-panel roofing on the entire building, which helps to cut overall electricity costs throughout many of the hotel's rooms.

    Green Linens, Towels and Recycled Products

    • Replacing environmentally unfriendly products like plastics with recyclable goods in the bathroom is one easy fix green hotels are responding to. Also, replacing bed linens, towels and bathroom toiletries such as soaps and shampoo with natural, organic ones are other simple, yet effective, green moves for hotel rooms.

      More hotels are also now leaving notifications around the hotel room about not using more towels than needed so they are not replaced during regulatory room cleaning. Similarly, some green-ambitious hotels are even leaving notes asking guests if their linens require changing.

    Green Energy Savers

    • A couple of ways hotels are saving on energy costs is by installing computerized air-conditioning systems in order to allow the guest to better regulate the temperature. The computerized systems are also on a timer, and shut off 45 minutes or so after the guests have arrived in case air conditioning isn't a concern for them. This saves a significant amount of energy, as in many instances air conditioning isn't needed, depending on the time of year, location and guest's preference.

      Hotels are also saving on energy costs by following the same route for their heating systems. By using a timer to turn on and shut off such devices, it allows for more regulated usage for what temperature is appropriate, and whether extra air or heating is needed.

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