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:

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Conducting a Successful Energy Audit


Many people see a doctor at least once a year, but how good are we about tracking the health of our buildings? If your hotel or resort hasn’t had an energy audit or retrocommissioning in the past two to three years, you’ve likely accumulated tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars in added utility costs per year. An energy audit is a detailed analysis of energy and water usage, resulting in a list of no-, low-, and high-cost energy conservation measures (ECMs) appropriate for your site. The goal of an audit is to reduce a building’s energy and water usage by evaluating building inefficiencies. In addition, a thorough audit is likely to address guest comfort issues, and will include benchmarking and energy procurement recommendations.

Xeros Expands Into Canadian Laundry Market


MANCHESTER, N.H.—Xeros, maker of an ultra-low water laundry system, announced that it has expanded its market presence into the Canadian commercial laundry and dry cleaning market with a channel partnership agreement for its polymer bead cleaning systems with Michael St. Clair Fine Cleaners in Vancouver. Under the agreement Michael St. Clair Fine Cleaners will sell and service Xeros’ polymer bead cleaning laundry systems which are proven to dramatically reduce water, energy and detergent usage.

AHLEI Publishes Food and Beverage Operations Textbook


ORLANDO, FLA.—The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) has published the sixth edition of Management of Food and Beverage Operations by Jack D. Ninemeier, Ph.D., CHA, CFBE, CHE. This textbook addresses successful management and operational tactics used in food and beverage operations, how foodservice operations improve quality standards while reducing expenses, and explores ways in which technology can be used to give guests greater value for their dining dollars and improve efficiency.

MGM Resorts International Joins American Business Act on Climate Change Pledge


LAS VEGAS—MGM Resorts International joined the American Business Act on Climate Change Pledge by pledging to reduce energy consumption 20 percent by 2020, during the National Clean Energy Summit held at the Mandalay Bay Resort Convention Center, sponsored by U.S. Senator Harry Reid, and with closing keynote comments by President Barack Obama. “MGM Resorts is committed to being a leading corporate citizen in all it does,” said Jim Murren, Chairman & CEO of MGM Resorts International. “Climate change and consumption of traditional energy sources are among the most critical issues of our day.” “Innovating our resorts to operate more efficiently while also offering a remarkable guest experience, is a top priority for our company,” said Cindy Ortega, Chief Sustainability Officer of MGM Resorts International. “Joining the American Business Act on Climate Change, as well as our previous pledge to the U.S. Energy Department’s Better Buildings Challenge, is another step in our promise to guests, employees and our surrounding communities to employ sustainable best practices at all of our resort destinations.”

Hilton Austin Chooses INNCOM for Energy Savings


AUSTIN, TEXAS—Hilton Austin recently transformed the challenge of a strict local energy conservation code into a triple win. Their solution added to guest comfort, improved the property’s bottom line, and helped the environment. The hotel launched a $22 million renovation, primarily to simplify guest comfort and boost energy efficiency. Now, the property’s energy management system (EMS) not only meets—but exceeds—Austin’s green mandate.

Civilight Welcomes Vanguard Lighting as New England Rep


CARY, N.C.—Civilight North America announced the appointment of Connecticut-based Vanguard Lighting as the company’s newest sales representative for New England states. Vanguard Lighting’s territory will include Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.

Earthtronics Offering Full Line of LED Downlights


MUSKEGON, MICH.—EarthTronics is offering a full line of Energy Star rated LED Recessed Retrofit downlights in 4- and 6-inch diameters, providing 550 to 1200 lumens for architectural/décor lighting applications. The energy efficient LED Recessed Retrofit downlights replace popular, less proficient 4-, 5- and 6-inch aperture fixtures and produce a full flood light with a 90° beam angle. They are ideal for use in medical and long-term care facilities, hotels, resorts and restaurants as well as light commercial properties.

STYROFOAM Insulation Products Achieve New Milestone


MIDLAND, MICH.—Dow Building Solutions (DBS), a business unit of The Dow Chemical Co., announced STYROFOAM extruded polystyrene foam insulation products in North America have received validation from UL Environment that they contain 20 percent pre-consumer recycled content on average. This verification marks the latest sustainability milestone for Dow insulation products, which also hold Cradle to Cradle certification.

Civilight Introduces New Commercial Series LED Lamps


CARY, N.C.—Civilight North America announces the availability of eight new LED lamp models that are now registered on the Energy Star list of certified products. This certification is a worldwide recognition that the listed products meet the strict energy efficiency guidelines set forth by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Nissan & 4R Energy Partner with Green Charge Networks


SANTA CLARA, CALIF.—Nissan Motor Co. and Green Charge Networks, the largest provider of commercial energy storage, have joined forces to deploy second-life lithium-ion vehicle batteries for stationary commercial energy storage in the U.S. and international markets.

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