When going on holiday usually there isn’t much of a choice of how green your hotel is. However some hotels are cropping up that have been designed to be a little more environmentally friendly.
In San Francisco the fifth LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) hotel in the US has opened. 86 rooms with an energy saving roof, low-flow plumbing, dedicated recycling centre, and an auto shut-off feature when you leave your hotel room, saving 20% of energy with just that feature.
Hotel Green in Nantucket uses all energy-efficient lightbulbs, organic linen and towels, recycled paper (including toilet paper), organic food and wine and chemical free cleaning products.
For a “no-frills” eco hotel, Canadian ALT Hotels incorporates geothermal technology, that will use the earth’s constant temperature of 10 degrees Celsius (at a depth of about three meters) to help heat and cool the hotel. Other measures include energy saving lighting, and heat recovery from water used in commercial washers.
Even if you don’t have a “green” hotel where you’re going, there are a few things that you can do whilst staying at a hotel in order to make it that little bit greener.
- Turn off lights and air conditioning when you leave your room.
- Only get your sheets, towels and amenities changed when you really need too.
- Ask the hotel about their energy usage, such as bulbs and recycling. If enough people ask then they might take notice.
- Refill your own water bottles rather than using the ones provided.
- Take short showers rather than baths.
Do you have any more tips for a greener hotel stay?