Reducing your property’s operating costs makes perfect (water)sense

October 6, 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and its partners recently created an exciting program called the WaterSense® H2Otel Challenge to help hotels realize the benefits of saving water in their daily operations. By doing so, your property can…

  • Save on energy and operating costs
  • Reduce your community’s greenhouse gas emissions which contribute
    to climate change
  • Meet guests’ growing demand for green lodging practices while enhancing the guest experience with top-performing products

Beyond laundry

Many hotels already have water-saving programs for washing sheets and towels, but that’s only the beginning. Incorporating water-efficient products, processes and practices back of house, as well as in public areas, both inside and out can also save water and energy, and that means saving money, too.

The program offers a variety of ways for hotels to take the challenge and start saving.

For example, if making plumbing upgrades to restrooms, consider WaterSense®-labeled toilets, faucets and showerheads, like Sunbeam Hospitality’s new EPA WaterSense-certified showerheads. They are independently certified to use 20% less water than the federal standard and perform well to ensure guests’ satisfaction. Replacing existing showerheads with these models can save 4 gallons of water with every guest shower!

Double this savings by updating your faucets with a Sunbeam aerator and save up to
$17,300 a year!*

According to the American Hotel and Lodging Association, instituting green towel and linen programs can reduce loads of laundry washed by 17%, saving water and energy.

A 400-room hotel in San Antonio, Texas, saves 7 million gallons of water and $35,000 in water and sewer bills each year and receives fewer maintenance calls from guests after updating guest room bath fixtures.

Dive in!

So, why wait? Join the WaterSense H2Otel Challenge today. By doing so, the EPA and its partners can provide you with all the tools you need to ACT

  • Assess your water use and savings opportunities
  • Change products or processes to incorporate best management practices
  • Track your results using ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager or another
    tracking tool

WaterSense is an EPA partnership program designed to help save water for future generations. To join the H2Otel Challenge, sign in here.

 *Sources:;; American Hotel and Lodging Association

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