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5 Ways More Luxury Hotels Are Going Green

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One of the most common causes amongst the world today, with the exception of a few outliers, is conservation and going green. We know our planet has taken a beating from an environmental standpoint due to emissions from greenhouse gases. Each person can play a small role in determining the future outcome of our planet. However, a larger role can be played by big businesses.

Luckily, there are a number of industries getting on board with going green and the hospitality industry is one them. Even the ultra-luxury hotels are beginning to realize the pivotal role they play in reducing the harm their waste gives off to the environment. Among standard recycling and water conservation, luxury hotels are also making the change to green in some very big ways.

Solar Panels

One of the main ways that luxury hotels are beginning to go green is through solar paneling. These solar panels provide the energy needed to operate their hotel without the use of fossil fuels.

A big proponent of this movement is the large hotel chain, Starwood Hotels. This global hotel establishment has been making real steps towards implementing solar energy in all of its Starwood Brand hotels. They began with one of their most luxurious resorts, located on the Virgin Islands, by installing a 1.3-megawatt solar array. Furthermore, the hotel chain has goals to decrease overall energy consumption by 30 percent and water consumption by 20 percent. It has set itself a 2020 deadline for these goals.

With so much real estate, hotels are primed candidates for solar paneling. As much as every person loves a good rooftop pool, it is nice to see some hotels make rooftop solar panels a priority.

Wind Turbines

Another way luxury hotels are going green is through the use of wind energy. Wind energy is another clean and renewable source of energy that is ideal for hotels. The Hilton in Ft. Lauderdale is a role model for other luxury hotels due to its wind turbine technology. This sustainable energy source is provided from the six wind turbines located on top of the hotel. The large wind turbines don’t detract from the overall luxuriousness or customer experience at the hotel.

Geothermal Energy

Hotel chains have also began taking advantage of geothermal energy. This sounds a lot more complex than wind and solar energy but in reality, it is an exceptional way for large industrial businesses to implement sustainable energy sources. Geothermal energy comes from large water sources, either a geothermal lake or an aquifer. The Peppermill Resort Spa Casino in Reno, Nevada opted for a geothermal aquifer that is buried 4,400 feet under its casino. The water is kept at a modest 174 degrees Fahrenheit and is pumped to the resort. This water is the resort’s heating source. Overall this system saves the resort over $2 million per year in energy costs.

Drought Resistant Greenscaping

Not all luxury resorts are created equal and not all luxury resorts have large iconic brands to fund them. However, that doesn’t mean that the smaller luxury resorts can’t play their part in an effort to go green.

One way that luxury hotels are going green is through drought resistant greenscaping. One of the biggest wastes in a hotel is the water. A combination of staff and guests pour through enormous amounts of water each day whether it is through tap water waste, showers, laundry, and toilet flushing. However, another culprit behind some massive water waste is the greenscape around hotels.

It takes a lot of watering to keep much of the plantlife looking green and lively. Automated sprinkler systems or teams of landscapers come through to greenery almost daily at luxury hotels. However, hotels have been opting for drought resistant landscaping. Among the drought resistant plants growing in popularity are succulents. These plants need very little water to keep them colorful and lively. These incredible plants can be placed almost anywhere, including adding them to the interior design plans of a hotel.

Water Harvesting

Finally, luxury hotels have also been going green through simple and almost free measures. The old saying goes, “When it rains, it pours”. Well, the new saying should be “When it rains, catch it”. Water harvesting has become increasingly popular amongst not only in the residential sector but in the commercial sector as well.

Each rainfall provides a natural resource that hotels would otherwise have to pay for. Hotels can use this rain water for a number of things including watering those indoor plants to keep them green and lively. It may not seem like a glamorous or luxurious thing to do, but hotels that do this can save money and use it elsewhere. Like on chocolate pillow mints that somehow taste better than regular chocolate mints.