Sustainability is gaining popularity around the world, as we’re feeling the impact of our energy footprint. We’ve seen developers design and build homes with eco-friendly features like geothermal heating, solar panels, and LED lights. This is true for the hospitality industry as well! Here are five types of technology helping hotels all over meet essential sustainability goals.
Sustainable Fitness Equipment – Fitness rooms are an essential part of any hotel as it provides guests with an area to stay active while traveling. But did you know that traditional fitness equipment is a significant energy sucker? Most, if not all of the time, treadmills, ellipticals, and other equipment are kept on even when not being used! A few ways to fix this include purchasing cordless cardio machines, or even sustainable equipment that reduces energy and generates energy. Some of the power produced by these efficient machines can help power anything plugged into the same electrical grid!
LED Lights – Switching your hotel’s lights from compact fluorescent lamps to LED lights is a quick and easy way to reduce your energy footprint. LEDs are significantly more versatile than regular light bulbs, and they last a lot longer. Instead of burning out like standard bulbs, these energy-efficient lights dim slowly over some time and are 90% more efficient in producing light. You’ll use less energy to provide the same amount of lighting for guests.
Occupancy Sensors – Installing occupy sensors into guest rooms and hallways is another way to save energy. Sometimes guests can forget to turn off the lights before leaving their rooms for the day. Occupy sensors work to determine activity in the room if no movement is detected, the lights shut off. Some sensors can also be used to automate room temperatures between guest stays.
Sustainable Power Sources – Solar panels can play a huge role in lessening your property’s environmental impact. Placing panels on the roof of your hotel or a reserved area of land nearby reduces not only the amount of energy you use but also the cost of it.
Energy-Efficient Windows – Heat and electricity costs tend to increase when there are poor windows installed in your hotel. There are many different routes you can go when installing energy-efficient windows, but one of the coolest options includes electrochromic glass. Windows with this type of glass allow the user to control the amount of light and heat that passes through the glass. Tiny electric signals in the glass are used to charge the windows and in turn, change the amount of solar radiation reflecting. This gives hotels the power to regulate temperature and light more efficiently.