There is a page three article in this week’s Pacific Coast Business Times (Feb 25-March 3, 2011) “Santa Maria hotel owner grabs Gas. Co. hardware”. It reports that Hardy Hearn, owner of 4 local hotels (Santa Maria’s Radisson, Santa Maria Inn, Big America-Best Western and the Edgewater in Pismo Beach) has one an award for putting in equipment to lower energy consumption and water usage.
Activities like this are a win-win. People like staying in properties that are ecologically responsible. Perhaps more importantly, activities like this can cut costs and water use. It would be nice if the local BID’s could work together to bring in speakers and organizations that would advise hotels on how to cut costs by going green(er).
I submit that some savings could be easily done. I remember staying at a premium hotel in Morro Bay that put their shampoo is a hard-shell vial. I probably wasted two gallon of water as the thick shampoo SLOWLYYYYYYYY dripped out into my hand, since I couldn’t squeeze it out. Assume 2+ extra gallons of heated water per person, per day, per room at this hotel that could have been saved by simply changing shampoo bottles. At NO extra cost!
I’m sure savings could be found if staff were asked, or management stayed in their hotel room periodically and experienced what really goes on. (Note: this hotel, which will go unnamed, committed several other sins as well.)
Another pet peeve of mine: I have stayed many times at hotels that have a sign in the bathroom saying that if you want to save water and don’t mind using towels two days in a row, hang them up, and they will not be changed. I do hang them up, come back to the room, and find they have been changed anyway! Are your maids being overzealous and defeating your own activities in this area?
So go green! Feel good about yourself and Save Money!