It isn’t easy being green. Wise words by Mr. Kermit the Frog. Nevertheless, more hotels across the globe are making greater efforts to ‘go green.’ If you’re among the increasing number of green travellers, you’ll want to know in advance if the hotel you’ve chosen (or plan to choose) is doing what it can to be more energy efficient.
Here are a few quick tell-tale signs that your hotel is going green:
- Low-flow shower heads. While some guests may complain that there’s not enough water pressure in the shower, low-flow shower heads do reduce the amount of water being flushed through a large hotel.
- Energy efficient light-bulbs should be used throughout the hotel, in rooms, hallways, restaurants and everywhere in between.
- Some hotels in Latin America, Europe and Asia save energy by using a key-card light system, which turns off lights and appliances when you leave the room.
- Do the hotel restaurants stock their kitchens with local food? In addition to helping the local economy, sourcing food locally cuts back on the amount of fuel being used in transportation.
- Does the housekeeping team use eco-friendly cleaning products? How about laundry detergent and dish washing soap? You could also ask if the shampoo and conditioner in your room are eco-friendly.
Here are some of the top eco-friendly hotels as recommended by our vacation experts:
- Hyatt Place Lake Mary, Orlando West, FL
- Mount Royal Hotel, Banff, AB
- Hard Rock Hotel, DR
- Sandals, Jamaica
- Puerto Maldonado Lodge: Posada Amazonas
There are many ways to contribute to the greater good of our environment, and if staying in green hotels is just one way you do your part, bravo! We’d love to hear about your experience with energy efficient hotels, too!