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.


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Green Lodging News Adds EverGlow as Founding Sponsor

2/13/2014

TAMPA, FLA.—Hasek Communications, the Cleveland, Ohio-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes EverGlow NA, Inc. as a Founding Sponsor. EverGlow manufactures code approved photoluminescent exit signs and egress path markings. High performance glow in the dark signs and markings can help one reduce inspection and maintenance costs. Without compromising the life safety of guests and staff, EverGlow (non-electrical) photoluminescent exit signs can be used to replace electrical exit signs.


LED Lighting Market to Grow to $25 Billion in 2023

2/12/2014

BOSTON—Driven by superior features and falling costs, the market for light-emitting diode (LED) luminaires, or optimized permanent light fixtures, will grow more than 12-fold over the next decade—from $2 billion today to $25 billion in 2023, a compound annual growth rate of 25 percent, according to Lux Research.


ClearEdge Power Releases White Paper

2/10/2014

SUNNYVALE, CALIF.—ClearEdge Power released a white paper contrasting the benefits of diesel generators versus the company’s own PureCell fuel cell systems as a source of critical power generation for business. The paper, titled “Critical and Clean Power,” reports that, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, power outages due to weather have cost the United States economy between $18 billion and $33 billion annually from 2003 to 2012.


Econo Lodge Celebrates First Year of Room to be Green Program

2/6/2014

ROCKVILLE, MD.—Econo Lodge is celebrating the one year mark of its Room to be Green program. A first of its kind initiative executed across the entire lodging portfolio, Room to be Green is designed to reduce environmental impact and waste, meet the changing expectations of today’s environmentally conscious guests and potentially lower operational expenses, (including energy and water costs) at the property level. The Econo Lodge brand, which is fully franchised by Choice Hotels International, Inc., one of the world’s largest hotel companies, is a leader among economy hotel brands for implementing mandatory green initiatives throughout all its properties. As a result of its program, in the past year more than 830 Econo Lodge hotels helped reduce annual water usage by an estimated 6 million gallons and energy usage by an estimated 12 million kWh. Additionally, in tandem with American Forests, an organization dedicated to the protection and restoration of forests around the world, Econo Lodge planted one tree for each Econo Lodge currently open.


ThinkLite Adds LED Replacements for T8 & T5 Fluorescents

2/3/2014

NATICK, MASS.—ThinkLite announced the commercial availability of its high output T8 & T5 LED Tube lighting. With outputs of 131LM/W, ThinkLite LED tubes provide sufficient light for one-to-one replacements of fluorescent tubes in existing fixtures. Thinklite’s LED tubes are available in lengths from 2’ to 8’, varying wattages and kelvins. The company has also introduced a 2’ LED U-shaped tube which can be used in many common office building fixtures.


Hilton Fort Lauderdale Celebrates Activation of Wind Turbines

1/30/2014

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA.—It is not often that an investment in renewable energy is celebrated with fireworks and mayoral visits but that is what happened this past Wednesday evening at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort. The fireworks and visits by City of Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler and Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief marked the official unveiling of six 52-foot, 4 kilowatt wind turbines that rise above the hotel’s rooftop. Approximately $500,000 was invested in the turbines that required the tallest crane in the state of Florida to install. “It is an exciting day for us,” said Andreas Ioannou, general manager of the hotel, just prior to the celebration. “It’s the culmination of a journey we embarked on almost four years ago.”


Emerson Climate Captures AHR Expo Product Award

1/30/2014

WESTPORT, CONN.—Emerson Climate Technologies’ Next Generation Copeland Scroll variable speed compressor line was honored as the 2014 AHR Expo Product of the Year during the Innovation Award Ceremonies on January 22 at AHR Expo in New York City. The new Emerson product line was chosen as the Product of the Year from among the top Innovation Award winners in 10 industry-related categories.


Meyda Custom Lighting Introduces Hickory Treasures

1/29/2014

YORKVILLE, N.Y.—Hickory Treasures from Meyda Custom Lighting features new sculpted pendants and fixtures. Prismatic crystal baguettes illuminate with state of the art LED technology for ambient lighting, energy savings and minimal maintenance. The Hickory Treasures pendant (145991) is the 40-inch wide LED pendant, however 25- and 32-inch pendants are also available. An eight-inch wide LED Wall Sconce (147096) is also new. Custom styles and colors are available.


Xeros Gains Foothold as Laundry Solutions Provider

1/29/2014

MANCHESTER, N.H.—Xeros, the innovator of an ultra-low water laundry system, announced it has successfully established its presence in North America as demand has escalated for green laundry solutions. Xeros established its North American headquarters in September 2013 and has sold more than 30 polymer bead commercial laundry systems globally to dry cleaner customers that include Kleen Dry Cleaners and Crest Advanced Dry Cleaners.


Electric Mirror Launches Keen Dimmable Lighting Technology

1/28/2014

SEATTLE—Electric Mirror, a global leader in the lighted mirrors and mirror TV industry, introduces Keen, a dimmable lighted mirror that offers substantial energy savings by automatically reducing power to the mirror’s lights after one hour.


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