The New York Marriott Marquis is a huge, 45-story hotel located in midtown Manhattan in the infamous Times Square and Broadway district. Its gorgeous décor and breathtaking architectural design make it a highly regarded and sought-after business and vacation destination. With almost 2,000 rooms it is not only one of the largest Marriott Hotels but also one of the largest hotels in all of New York. It is home to New York’s only rooftop revolving restaurant and houses the Marquis Theatre. Built on the ashes of five previous theatres, the Marriott Marquis was one of the first projects in re-vamping Times Square in the 1980’s. It is at the forefront of luxury and design and has recently taken an interest in a more “green” approach to energy expenditure.
Even with an increase in occupancy, the Marriott Marquis has managed to decrease its energy costs and consumption over the last few years. The hotel has taken advantage of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s (NYSERDA’s) FlaxTech Program in an effort to conserve energies and reduce the high costs of running such a huge hotel. A Technical Assistance Study (co-funded by NYSERDA) was conducted and brought two huge issues to light: the hotel needed 1) to install variable frequency drives on all pumps and 2) to put insulation blankets on all piping throughout the building.
After the Marquis made these small, simple changes, they started seeing huge cuts in the amount of energy they used. Energy bills can get really high, especially in the winter months, and every business can use a reduction in operation costs. The Marquis saw a reduction in emissions output, transmission wheeling costs, and distribution costs. All together this results in energy savings of more than $100,000 a year, which is more than it cost to make the installation changes in the hotel in the first place. So, the hotel made their money back within the first year and will continue to reap the benefits for years to come.
Not only is this good news for the environment but also good for the hotel and eventually, good for us. If the hotel spends less money they can charge less money to stay there and in the end, we all win. With such a huge hotel embracing the opportunity to operate more environmentally friendly (while saving hundreds of thousands of dollars), it is sure to be a trend that will catch on with the other hotels in the area.
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