Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Embassy Suites Lake Tahoe $27,727 Richer

The Embassy Suites Lake Tahoe is at it again. Featured in Green Lodging News in July (see article) because of its green programs that should net it close to $500,000 in savings by the end of the year, the hotel recently received a rebate check of $27,727.20 from Nevada Energy. I spoke with David Hansen, director of engineering at the 400-suite property, and he told me that $4,377 of the rebate was for an ozone laundry system that was installed earlier this year. A total of $24,000 was invested in that system. A return on investment of just seven months was expected.

For the variable frequency drives installed on the hotel's pumps for cooling and condensing water, the property received a $6,750 rebate. Additional rebate money was given for lighting, as well as for occupancy sensors for lighting. "The rebate is incredible," Hansen said. "We were trying to get the largest rebate that we could."

The Embassy Suites Lake Tahoe is so excited about its efforts to save energy and cut costs that it is hosting a series of workshops on sustainability. Hansen said 60 people attended the first workshop and 15 hotels were represented. The next workshop will be held at the hotel on November 17. (Call 775-588-1728 for details.)

"We are trying to rally the hotel community here in Lake Tahoe," Hansen said. "A lot of people want to check out our property because of what we have done."

Hansen said he is even planning a Green Lodging Summit that would be held next August. Watch for details on Green Lodging News.

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