Every Hotel Tells an Energy Story
Is Yours What You'd Want It to Be?
By Robert Allender Founder, Energy Resources Management | April 26, 2015
Twenty years ago, no hotel had an energy story. Or at least not one that anyone paid any attention to. Today different circumstances prevail. But what different circumstances?
Twenty years ago, energy was indispensible. No hotel could operate without it. No change there.
And twenty years ago buying energy took a certain slice of revenue, mostly less than 10 percent or even less than 5 percent. No change there.
Twenty years ago burning fossil fuel to produce electricity or to provide heating resulted in a certain amount of carbon dioxide emissions. No change there either. Or at least no increase. In many locations CO2 emissions per kilowatt hour have decreased.
So if energy is still indispensible, still represents money out the door, and still contributes to environmental challenges, what is different?
Two things are undeniably different. One is that twenty years ago, not too many people cared about CO2 emissions or global warming or climate change. Today that is clearly not the case. A certain portion of almost every category of stakeholder that a hotel developer or owner or operator cares about cares about such things.
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