It is Important to Stay on Top of What is Available

When I was much younger, I used to grab all the rental magazines on my way out of every grocery store that carried them. My friends would always tease me about it, but I was always the one knew the best places to go and the best prices. I stopped doing that for some reason at some point, so when I wanted to find a good place to rent, I headed to the grocery store and picked up a apartment guide for Raleigh NC to see what’s out there.

While at home, I kicked back on my couch and started thumbing through it. It was really nice to see that so many apartments offer a lot more than they use to. (more…)

The Difference Between Luxury and Standards of Living

The United States once had the highest number of home owners in the world but even after our recovery from the housing market crisis those numbers have yet to climb back to their previous status. No, most of the middle class and even single, young upper class individuals are choosing to rent instead of owning a home. Perhaps this is due to the lack of trust in the market or merely a way to separate themselves from the previous generations. It’s because of this reason that new neighborhoods like are able to find such huge market success in their cities. Living in a high class apartment has many demands; local and easy access to shopping, restaurants and the inclusion of modern technologies within the apartment itself. (more…)

How To Make A Hotel Eco Friendly

As we learn more about the threats to our environment, more people are embracing a ‘Green’ lifestyle. Businesses are now realizing that they also need to make changes in order to adopt a more environmentally friendly operation. One business area that is beginning to recognize the need to be more ‘green’ is the hotel industry. Many hotels are responding to consumer demands for a healthier and greener lifestyle by making their businesses more environmentally friendly.

Ways that hotels can make their business eco-friendly include:

1) Implement a towel and linens reuse program. Recycle stained tablecloths into napkins, and aprons. You can also make cloth laundry bags from old sheets.

2) Adopt a nonsmoking policy for the entire hotel.

3) Provide guestroom recycle baskets and bins for newspaper, white paper, glass products, aluminum cans, cardboard, and plastics. Provide recycling bins in public areas.

4) Use fluorescent lights instead of incandescent bulbs. Install devices that power down heating and cooling systems when guests leave the room.

5) Adopt the use of nontoxic cleaners by housekeepers. Adopt other cleaning practices such as cleaning the windows with vinegar instead of chemicals. Dispense shampoo and soap from large containers instead of disposable plastic bottles.

6) Offer guests walking maps and information on public transportation.

7) Provide bicycles to guests for sight seeing excursions

8) Use electric or battery operated lawnmowers. Use a mulcher to chop up the garden clippings to make your own mulch. Ban the use of pesticides and chemical fertilizer. Use only organic products on the lawn and garden. Use ‘Gray’ water from the showers and sinks for ponds and landscaping. Compost food waste and use it as fertilizer.

9) Create an organically-grown vegetable garden for the restaurant.

10) If the hotel has a pool and/or hot tub, install a solar water heating system and use pool and hot tub covers when the pool area is closed

11) Use recycled paper and pens with soy ink. Use recycled paper products that are either unbleached or bleached using a chlorine free process. (brochures, menus, comment cards, stationary products)

12) Stock mini-bars with organic or natural snacks and beverages.

13) Install low flow toilets and shower heads.

14) Replace old washing machines with both water and energy conserving models.

15) Use daylight as a light source as much as possible. Use solar energy as a lighting and energy source. Install dimmers on light switches to save energy.

16) Sponsor environmental education programs for guests and the surrounding community.

17) Preserve the property in as much of a natural state as possible. Plant trees and flowers.

18) Earn hotel ‘Green’ Credentials. Have the hotel certified as ‘green’ by an organization such as an independent, national, and state organization that certifies eco-hotels. An example is the Washington-based Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), an architectural and building organization.

19) Use furniture made from responsibly harvested ‘new growth’ wood such as bamboo.

20) Use low emission paints and other material

21) Stock the rooms with toilet paper and facial tissue made from recycled products.

22) Buy products and services from eco-friendly vendors.

Being green means ‘Green’ hotels are adopting environmentally friendly practices and programs that will reduce energy, water, and waste. Hotels use a tremendous amount of energy and water as well as collect a huge amount of waste. By doing their part to conserve, recycle, and reduce, they are protecting the planet as well as providing a great place for eco-friendly guests to stay.