The Fairmont Hotel Resorts Kea Lani on Maui, Hawaii, got a lot of publicity, recruited a few new hires and taught its own staff a thing or two about energy conservation by lending Kil-A-Watt meters to its employees.
The meters measure electricity consumed by appliances and electronics in employees’ homes. Those who used the meters discovered that devices—ranging from cellphone chargers to washing machines—left plugged in while not in use still consume energy and that old, incandescent light bulbs use far more electricity than energy-efficient CFLs.
Making simple changes at home, the employees reported, saved them substantial money on energy bills.
The hotel turned the lending program into a challenge to see who could cut home energy use the most. The winner whittled his electricity consumption by 27%. The average reduction was 10% to 15%.
Contact: Mike Taylor of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, (416) 874-2457.