Tourism is our big industry and it can lead our economic shift.
Energy costs tourism businesses money. And tourism can be very energy intensive, especially when it comes to heating and lighting. No guest likes a cold shower or a dark room. Because consumers can use all the energy they want without any penalty, systems for automatically saving energy can add real profits to a hotel bottom line. So can inviting guests to get involved. We know one hotelier who runs all the water lines through the kitchen on their way to hot water heaters. The cold water pipes cool the kitchen and arrive preheated by the kitchen heat at the hot water tanks. This and other examples are one reason tourism businesses are leaders in finding ways to conserve that are invisible or actually benefit the customer.
The following are links to organizations, companies and news reports all focused on steering the hospitality industry toward better energy choices.
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) puts out a lot of information aimed at helping the hospitality industry become more energy efficient.
The Green Restaurant Association developed a set of green-certification standards. The standards, products the association endorses and links to member restaurants are here.
The Green Lodging Association has very solid informtion for the lodging industry. Look at the left side of the page for everything from heating to lighting for lodging facilities.
Going Greener, an outgrowth of the Environmental Law and Policy Center of the Midwest, in Chicago, offers tips for restaurant owners looking to reduce waste and energy use.
For energy-efficient, environmentally sensitive restaurant equipment and supplies, check the Go Green! section of the Food Service Warehouse Web site.
The Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort, in Lake Placid, is a leader in energy efficient practices.