More than 40 Marriott hotels throughout Texas are doing their part to help the Texas environment. TXU Energy recently conducted energy audits at several large Marriott properties in the state. The recommendations, if fully implemented, would reduce electricity consumption by more than two million kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year-that's enough to power 115 homes-for a savings of $250 thousand per year.
"Our goal was to do things that make sense from an environmental and financial perspective," said Rob Bahl, regional vice president of engineering for Marriott. "TXU Energy helped identify the green steps we can take to achieve that goal."
The audits were part of Marriott extending its electric service agreement with TXU Energy through 2013.
Recommendations in the audits included upgrading control systems and switching out to compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs. Each recommendation has the potential to save money even beyond the term of the electric service agreement.
In addition, once energy efficiency measures are implemented, the hotel chain will receive rebates under TXU Energy's Energy Efficiency Rebate Program. TXU Energy is the only retail electricity provider in the state to provide this type of energy rebate program to businesses looking to help the environment.
"We're always looking for ways to partner with our business customers to help improve their bottom line and the environment," said Tom Leverton, chief operating officer for TXU Energy. "The rebate is an additional incentive to use energy more efficiently. It's a win for the business and for the environment, too."
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About MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, Inc.
(NYSE:MAR) is a leading lodging company with more than 3,200 lodging properties in 67 countries and territories. Marriott International operates and franchises hotels under the Marriott, JW Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton, Renaissance, Residence Inn, Courtyard, TownePlace Suites, Fairfield Inn, SpringHill Suites and Bulgari brand names; develops and operates vacation ownership resorts under the Marriott Vacation Club, The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club and Grand Residences by Marriott brands as well as Marriott Executive Apartments; provides furnished corporate housing through its Marriott ExecuStay division; and operates conference centers. The company is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and had approximately 146,000 employees at 2008 year-end. It is recognized by FORTUNE® as one of the best companies to work for, and by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as Partner of the Year since 2004.