June 1, 2010

Green Summer Travel

EPA Encourages Ways to Travel Green

Want to check into an Energy Star labeled Hotel? The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is encouraging people to travel green this summer and choose hotels that have earned EPA’s Energy Star label. That means that these hotels "perform in the top 25 percent of hotels nationwide, use at least 35 percent less energy, and emit at least 35 percent less greenhouse gas emissions than their peers." Find these hotels at http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?fuseaction=labeled_buildings.locator. The list is updated daily.

ALSO, remember to turn off the lights and TV when leaving the hotel room; adjust the thermostat to an energy-saving setting so it doesn’t heat or cool the room while empty; unplug electronics such as cell phones chargers and laptops when not in use; open curtains to take advantage of daylight when possible; and re-use linens to save both water and energy.