On average, the United States pays approximately $2 for every 1000 gallons of water- which happens to be 30-40% lower than most other developed nations. But has this discounted water rate promoted wasteful habits? Maybe. At such a low rate, it is hard to incentivize companies to implement water conservation practices. But recently, large hotels, such as Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, have noted a connection in simple water conserving efforts and total energy saving costs.
According to the EPA, hotels and other lodgings comprise up to 15% of commercial and institutional water usage in the US. And while some may believe swimming pools highly attribute to this usage, they actually account for less than 1% of their water usage. Restrooms account for the majority of hotels’ water usage, draining over 30% of the resource. Caesar’s Palace reduced its water consumption by over 7%, the equivalent of filling over 1 million bathtubs with water, from just 2008 to 2012 and continues to expand its reduction efforts. And since the hotel no longer has to heat this conserved water, it saves the equivalence of $135,000-$218,000 in energy costs every year!
On February 5, Caesar’s Palace became the first hotel to sign the EPA’s WaterSense H20tel Challenge, designed to “encourage hotels to use best management practices that will save water and money, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change,” according to the EPA. The program builds upon the WaterSense efforts that have helped Americans save more than 487 billion gallons of water since 2006. The H20tel Challenge urges hotel owners to use WaterSense approved devices for conservation such as low flow shower heads, and simply track the savings that result.
However, the conservation efforts are not only in the hands of the management! Many hotels are offering services to skip daily towel washing and sheet washing. Opting to hang up your towel rather than simply throwing it on the ground while on vacation will help make a great difference. The American Hotel and Lodging Association estimates that the reduced amount of laundry services needed from the reuse towel programs have reduced water, sewer, energy, and labor costs by up to 17 percent.
Find out more details here: Hotels Save Energy With a Push to Save Water