Westin Hotel Measures Results of Energy Management

Robbinsville, NJ (PressExposure) May 08, 2012 -- Incentives and rebates available through local utilities and state sponsored programs are giving green hoteliers opportunity to invest in energy efficiency technologies while creating positive cash flow. When an energy performance project is implemented it has been proven to raise the long-term value of commercial properties. In addition to the lower cost of operation and a higher valued real estate investment, corporate travelers and meeting planners are now starting to demand green lodging options. Operating in a sustainable manner also follows a path directly to staff retention because management cares for their work environment, which translates to caring for each individual's health and well being.

Hotels have been integratingenergy-saving measures, such as energy management systems, LED lighting, ozone laundry systemsand boiler management technologies.Researching and selecting the correct vendor and technology is the most important decision a hotel operator will make when executing an energy project. . As more and more installations complete data and measurements are becoming available to show proof in savings.

Evolve, an affiliated company of MCP and the Mason Family of Companies, installed an energy management system in the Westin Georgetown Hotel, in Washington, DC in April of 2010. The occupancy based energy management solution is designed to save on guest room utility costs.

At the heart of the occupancy-based energy management system is a wireless keycard system, outfitted to control HVAC operation, lighting and television energy usage in a hotel guest room. When the guest slides their keycard into the wall mounted Evolve keycard reader, the guest initiates control of the lighting, HVAC system, and television. While the room is occupied the guest operates the lighting, TV, and temperature control normally. When the guest leaves and removes the keycard, all room lighting is turned off, the television is powered down, and the HVAC system is set-back into an "energy saving" mode. An alternative to the keycard reader is to install a passive infrared sensor that will detect occupancy without guest involvement.

A third party firm monitored the results of the installation into the Westin and a report was generated. The purpIncentives and rebates available through local utilities and state sponsored programs are giving green hoteliers opportunity to invest in energy efficiency technologies while creating positive cash flow. When an energy performance project is implemented it has been proven to raise the long-term value of commercial properties. In addition to the lower cost of operation and a higher valued real estate investment, corporate travelers and meeting planners are now starting to demand green lodging options. Operating in a sustainable manner also follows a path directly to staff retention because management cares for their work environment, which translates to caring for each individual's health and well being.

Hotels have been integratingenergy-saving measures, such as energy management systems, LED lighting, ozone laundry systemsand boiler management technologies.Researching and selecting the correct vendor and technology is the most important decision a hotel operator will make when executing an energy project. . As more and more installations complete data and measurements are becoming available to show proof in savings.

Evolve, an affiliated company of MCP and the Mason Family of Companies, installed an energy management system in the Westin Georgetown Hotel, in Washington, DC in April of 2010. The occupancy based energy management solution is designed to save on guest room utility costs.

At the heart of the occupancy-based energy management system is a wireless keycard system, outfitted to control HVAC operation, lighting and television energy usage in a hotel guest room. When the guest slides their keycard into the wall mounted Evolve keycard reader, the guest initiates control of the lighting, HVAC system, and television. While the room is occupied the guest operates the lighting, TV, and temperature control normally. When the guest leaves and removes the keycard, all room lighting is turned off, the television is powered down, and the HVAC system is set-back into an "energy saving" mode. An alternative to the keycard reader is to install a passive infrared sensor that will detect occupancy without guest involvement.

A third party firm monitored the results of the installation into the Westin and a report was generated. The purpose of the study was to determine what direct affect the system was having on energy consumption. The findings showed a successful energy savings factor. During the months when air conditioning and cooling were needed there was a 13.2 % savings. In the months requiring the heating system running the savings showed 5.9%. While the heating system savings did not result as great as the cooling season it still showed a favorable savings. In the shoulder months where neither heating nor cooling were the prevalent factor there was still a 6.8% savings.

Not only was there a savings in energy it appears that by usingelectrical rates corresponding to the month being measured, the payback period would be 2.19 years. Yet using 2010 electrical rates against the most recent 12-month period the payback period would be 1.89 years. Any way you cut it, in just a little over 2 years this system will have paid for itself.Paybacks can be significantly better when installing an energy management system in areas where local utility rebates provide rebates on kWh reduction. An important factor to note is greater temperature extremes, occupancy levels, and electric rates all affect the payback period. However the overall results tell us that in an economy where the hospitality industry needs to monitor its budget carefully these savings will have a major impact on their bottom line and energy consumption.

For more Information, please visit at: http://www.ecogreenhotel.comose of the study was to determine what direct affect the system was having on energy consumption. The findings showed a successful energy savings factor. During the months when air conditioning and cooling were needed there was a 13.2 % savings. In the months requiring the heating system running the savings showed 5.9%. While the heating system savings did not result as great as the cooling season it still showed a favorable savings. In the shoulder months where neither heating nor cooling were the prevalent factor there was still a 6.8% savings.

Not only was there a savings in energy it appears that by usingelectrical rates corresponding to the month being measured, the payback period would be 2.19 years. Yet using 2010 electrical rates against the most recent 12-month period the payback period would be 1.89 years. Any way you cut it, in just a little over 2 years this system will have paid for itself.Paybacks can be significantly better when installing an energy management system in areas where local utility rebates provide rebates on kWh reduction. An important factor to note is greater temperature extremes, occupancy levels, and electric rates all affect the payback period. However the overall results tell us that in an economy where the hospitality industry needs to monitor its budget carefully these savings will have a major impact on their bottom line and energy consumption.

For more Information, please visit at: http://www.ecogreenhotel.com

About EcoGreenHotel

EcoGreenHotel supports and provides sustainable solutions to the hospitality industry ranging from individual boutique hotels to a broad spectrum of brand properties. Our clients range from individual owners and investors to management companies nationwide. EcoGreenHotel supports hotels to identify energy efficient strategies that reduce a property's energy usage and overall environmental impact. As owner's agents and through our vendor neutral approach, we find the right technologies, products and solutions to deliver the best quality and value for all our clients. We specialize in identifying and taking advantage of incentives, grants, rebates and loan programs that are available through federal, state and local agencies.

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Press Release Submitted On: May 07, 2012 at 11:46 pm
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