Green practices are the way for hotels to contribute to the conservation of the environment. Hotels are usually trendsetters in any field and when it comes to going green, many hotels have taken the initiative to introduce green practices. Those who want to survive in the high value hospitality industry must at least follow these trends. Sustainable hotel practices can reduce pollution and help in conserving a considerable amount of natural resources, and help the local economy. A few ways in which hotels can go green are:
Most travelers are conscious about the environment and hotels can involve their guests in their eco friendly practices. Hotels can have rewards programs such as restaurant vouchers and discounts for guests who use less towels, donate used / old clothes, leave amenities which they have not used for other guests.
Energy is an area which hotels can monitor and reduce consumption and waste. Environmentally friendly goals can include installing energy efficient appliances, digital thermostats, and tainted windows etc, which will save energy and costs and reduce pollution. Using ambient and natural lighting, putting in place heat recovery systems to use the heat generated by refrigerators for laundry purposes. Hotels are also installing closed systems to reuse energy, switching off kitchen appliances when not in use and so on are some measures to conserve and reuse electricity.
Water tables all over the world decreasing, lakes, wetlands and underground aquifers have been depleted. Water as a natural resource needs to be conserved and hotels can contribute in that by introducing water saving measure. These can be installing low flow toilets, using washing machines at full capacity, recycle water, implement rain water harvesting and use solar power to heat water. Water can be saved by planting those plants which require minimum water. Energy efficiency, conservation and waste reduction methods also include proper use of water and reducing water…