EVALUATE 1 RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECT AND 1 EFFICIENCY PROJECT PER PROPERTY PER YEAR
To combat climate change, hotels need to use more renewable energy, be more efficient, and become more electrified. New solutions emerge constantly and are becoming more cost-effective. Funding models, such as Green Bonds are becoming more innovative. We know a hotel has a hundred pending projects at any given time, but if you commit to at least reviewing opportunities for your portfolio for renewables and efficiency projects, you'll find some valuable options. The more projects you review and implement, the more we can bring to scale and lower the cost. Many projects also have little or no capital cost involved, and just require a few operation procedures.
Examples of common projects with proven success
LED lighting retrofits (even to change from CFL)
Variable Frequency Drives
Efficient water fixtures
Efficient temperature settings in guestrooms
Routine checks for leaks in water fixtures
Using native or drought-tolerant landscaping
Solar thermal heating for water
Solar PV panels for exterior grounds lighting with LEDs
Digital thermostats (and possibly connected to occupancy sensors or key cards)
Recommissioning of HVAC equipment
Grey water reuse
Placing newspapers in the lobby or common areas instead of at each guestroom
Check back in early 2017 for the best practices shared by HOT signatories and more resources from coalition members!