The implementation of green initiatives has begun to gain traction with the global community and sustainability is now the expected standard by guests for hotels around the world. In this regard, there are a number of specific measures available to hoteliers in order to rise to customer expectations. Given the current consciousness of environmental concerns, hotels can enlist their guests in bringing sustainability to fruition. Going forward, the adoption of sustainable hospitality practices promise to be mutually beneficial to hoteliers and their guests in addition to the whole planet at large.
Sustainable Energy Practices
Sustainable hotel energy solutions will involve both the hotel property and the guest to bring the initiative to successful implementation. Hotels can begin by making the investment in new lighting and bulbs that are more energy efficient. For example, LED fixtures combined with motion-sensing capability are effective measures hoteliers can take in reducing the consumption of electricity at their properties. Posting signage asking guests to turn off unnecessary lights, television, air conditioning, and when leaving a room, can make a difference in energy savings as well.
This will provide an added benefit of giving hotel guests the feeling of participation in achieving the hotel’s sustainability measures. To encourage additional participation by hotel guests, hoteliers can furthermore offer incentives such as complimentary parking for electric vehicles, which will result in a lower ecological footprint, impacting the planet. Providing charging stations for those electrical vehicles will take sustainable energy practices a step beyond customer expectations.
However, more direct action may be required of the hotel in order to ensure success in attaining energy sustainability goals. The installation of green roofs featuring solar panels as well as actual gardens, for example, will move the agenda even further. Also, installing eco-mode temperature controls and energy efficient appliances throughout hotels, including HVAC systems and more efficient maintenance routines is beneficial. In new hotel designs and redesigns, incorporating architectural day lighting features will reduce the need for electrical-powered lighting. All of these efforts in the long view stand to profit hotels tremendously in the reduction of operating costs through greater efficiency.
In part three of this series, measures hotels can take in order to reduce the waste of precious water and other resources will be examined.