Benefits of Green Lodging: On the Environment and your Wallet

When you go on vacation you may not be thinking about how environmentally friendly your trip or your hotel will be, but it might be something to consider from now on. Green lodging can not only improve your carbon foot print, but it can also save you some money during your stay. Here we have some of the benefits, environmental and economic, for choosing a “Green” hotel on your next vacation.

You may not realize that each of us have a large impact on the environment. This impact is known as our carbon footprint. The Carbon footprint takes into account the waste we leave behind us, in the form of carbon dioxide. This can be anything from how much we recycle, to how many times we do our laundry, to where we keep our thermostat throughout the year. All of our daily actions have some sort of impact on our carbon footprint. On average a person in the United States has a 20 metric ton carbon footprint. Now multiply that by the 318.9 million people in the U.S. and we have ourselves a very large environmental impact. Now, let’s look at hotels. Hotels can have anywhere from 50 to 500 guests at a time all contributing, on average, 20 metric tons to the carbon footprint of the hotel. If leaving the lights on once or twice effects your carbon footprint, just imagine the effect 500 lights being left on has on the environment. Sustainable or “Green” Hotels have a few ways to improve their carbon footprint and ours. Some of these include:

  • Use of Solar panels to heat water
  • Establishing a towel/linen reuse program
  • Installing low-flow showerheads
  • Using rainwater harvesting to reduce water use
  • Installing window film to lower heating and cooling loads

But how about those Economic Benefits? Well, it’s simple really; as a hotel continues to go green they save money on energy and water bills, opportunity costs, and many other areas. Each time the Hotel saves, you save. The less cost the Hotel has to run its operation the less they need to charge you even if they keep the same margin of profit.

So the choice is easy, choose green lodging and save a little green along the way.

An example of green lodging is Pinehurst Inn in Bayfield, Wisconsin.

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