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How Environmentally Sustainable Is Your Hotel?

You're a hotel manager. Can you cut costs and still be efficient and green?

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  1. What type of lightbulb?

    Halogen bulb
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    Halogen bulb
    Via Lowes.com
    Incandescent bulb
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    Incandescent bulb
    Fluorescent bulb
    Via Lowes.com
    Fluorescent bulb
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    LED bulb
    Via ikea.com
    LED bulb
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  2. Do your lights have motion sensors?

    Of course!
    I need those?
    No, they're too expensive.
    Lights don't move, silly!
  3. How's the AC in your lobby and offices?

    My HVAC system isn't a central system so I keep it on high, how my guests like it.
    Whatever the janitor set it to.
    Low. I always conserve energy.
    High. It's hot outside!
  4. Do you have regular efficiency checks on your appliances?

    Yes, I have continuous commissioning!
    No, that's expensive.
    My building is old, it's no use.
    Huh, maybe I should do that.
  5. Where do you book the next guest?

    Rooms 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 15, 17, 18, 19, and 20 are booked.
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    Rooms 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 15, 17, 18, 19, and 20 are booked.

    16
    10
    4
    12
  6. How often is your boiler serviced?

    Service a boiler?
    Once a year, it can save up to 10% of my annual energy costs.
    Whenever it stops working.
    Every couple of years, it should be fine.
  7. What temperature do you heat the hot water?

  8. How often do you service refrigerators?

    Whenever the refrigerator breaks down, there's no reason to waste money and time on them.
    I defrost it once a year, and clean the condenser and evaporators too.
    Every other year.
    Whenever the customer complains about it.

How Environmentally Sustainable Is Your Hotel?

You got: Environmentally Sustainable

As a manager you use smart tactics to conserve energy without inconveniencing guests. Although some of the installations may be expensive at first, you know it will pay off in the long run. You use eco-friendly appliances and know how to be efficient, but still cut long term costs. Expensive operations such as continuous commissioning may not seem cost efficient, but it will save money over time as you reduce waste. You understand the effects of Global Warming and the urgency of these issues. Good job! For more ways to conserve energy, go to http://hotelexecutive.com/business_review/3092/reduce-energy-costs-while-increasing-environmental-sustainability or http://www.greenhotelier.org/our-themes/energy/simple-steps-to-reducing-energy-consumption/

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You got: On the way

You know that environmental sustainability is important, but you do not know how to implement conservation strategies that also cut costs. It is hard to justify spending money to install new appliances or invest in eco-friendly managerial styles, but they are an investment that will pay off over time. There are some managerial tactics that you can try that do not cost any money but will save energy, such as booking guests in clusters. Global warming has been a key issue in politics and media since the 1970s, when it came into public light that the average global temperature was rising, polar icecaps were melting and raising ocean levels, and the ozone layer was deteriorating due to industrial emissions. It is important for all of us to do our part in solving these problems. For more ways to conserve energy, go to http://hotelexecutive.com/business_review/3092/reduce-energy-costs-while-increasing-environmental-sustainability or http://www.greenhotelier.org/our-themes/energy/simple-steps-to-reducing-energy-consumption/

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Whether you do not want to be more environmentally sustainable or you just don't know how important it is, you should concentrate more efforts on cost-effective methods of conserving energy. It can be expensive, and difficult to change your managerial style. But each individual can contribute to saving the planet, and even if you are not concerned about global warming it is better for your business to save on energy costs. Hotels are very energy-consuming and while they depend on the environment they are in to attract guests, they are simultaneously contributing to the destruction of that environment. Global warming has been a key issue in politics and media since the 1970s, when it came into public light that the average global temperature was rising, polar icecaps were melting and raising ocean levels, and the ozone layer was deteriorating due to industrial emissions. Hotels are very energy-consuming and while they depend on the environment they are in to attract guests, they are simultaneously contributing to the destruction of that environment, so it is in your own interest as well as everyone else's to adapt some energy-saving strategies. For more ways to conserve energy, go to http://hotelexecutive.com/business_review/3092/reduce-energy-costs-while-increasing-environmental-sustainability or http://www.greenhotelier.org/our-themes/energy/simple-steps-to-reducing-energy-consumption/

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