EVALUATE 1 RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECT AND 1 EFFICIENCY PROJECT PER PROPERTY PER YEAR

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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

  1. LED lighting retrofits (even to change from CFL)

  2. Variable Frequency Drives

  3. Efficient water fixtures

  4. Efficient temperature settings in guestrooms

  5. Routine checks for leaks in water fixtures

  6. Using native or drought-tolerant landscaping 

  7. Solar thermal heating for water

  8. Solar PV panels for exterior grounds lighting with LEDs

  9. Digital thermostats (and possibly connected to occupancy sensors or key cards)

  10. Recommissioning of HVAC equipment

  11. Grey water reuse

  12. 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!