Describe in detail what you would propose to the GM to do with the property to increase efficiency, and reduce waste for the following categories: Water, electric and heat transfer.

In recent years most managers of hotel operations have been striving to minimize their environmental footprint. This is in part driven by customer pressure but also the result of diminishing resources. The U.S. Government just stepped up efforts to combat climate change causing carbon emissions through energy reduction and efficiency efforts. This puts the pressure on hotel operators to make an effort to minimize the environmental impact of their lodging operation. Doing so correctly will have a positive ecological, environmental and financial consequence. This includes reducing the use of water, maximizing the efficiency of your electrical use and a reduction in heat/cooling cost as well as minimizing the waste generated by the operation.
You have just been hired as the new property operations manager of the Xavier Hotel. The GM has called you in to her office and shared with you the new direction of the hotel to become more eco-compliant. The GM tells you that you need to perform an efficiency audit and make recommendations to meet the new environmental standard set by the corporate office.
So to do well on the GM’s new assignment you should include a reasonable dollar value associated with all proposed upgrades for cost savings.

The Questions to Answer:
Describe in detail what you would propose to the GM to do with the property to increase efficiency, and reduce waste for the following categories: Water, electric and heat transfer.

1. Water:
Discuss the reduction in gallons used per occupied room i.e. what is a normal usage per person and how can it be reduced? Find savings of at least 14 gallons per occupied room per day.
a. To reduce the use of water find out what steps can be taken to reduce the use of water both structural (changing fixtures) and with guest programs (water saving programs).
b. What would the subsequent savings be on an annual basis in dollar$? Give the GM a calculation of your proposed changes and how much will the hotel save on an annual basis. How much would the changes cost for all 375 rooms?
2. Electric:

In the course of a normal lodging operation electricity is used for: lighting, vertical transport (elevators), pumps, refrigeration and multiple facets of HVAC.
a. What can be done to systematically maximize the efficient use of electricity without affecting the comfort of the customer? For example change out inefficient light bulbs, outdated equipment, preventative maintenance etc.
b. Calculate the proposed savings in the reduction of the cost of electricity based on the cost of updating equipment or labor to do preventative maintenance.
c. Include the return on investment (ROI) made to improve efficiency.
d. ROI = (gain from investment – cost of investment) / cost of investment

3. Energy Efficiency:

What can be done to improve the efficiency of heating and cooling for the Xavier Hotel
a. How can facility managers ensure that their property HVAC expenses are under control with escalating oil, gas & electricity costs?
b. What can be done to increase efficiency of the equipment both used for generation and distribution?
c. What can be done to minimize unwanted heat-transfer and increase the R-value (thermal resistance).

• The assignment is to be done in proper research paper format (introduction, body and conclusion).
• Address the three categories: water, electric & HVAC under separate headings and answer the questions as detailed above.
• Use MLA guidelines in terms of proper in-text citations, proper works cited and paper format.
• A minimum of 3-industry sources are to be referenced (such as journals and industry/professional websites).
• STRONG CAUTION: You can reference a source and use quotes to form your argument, however direct CUT & PASTE of material without proper documentation will result in a ZERO grade.
• This assignment must be submitted through Turnitin on the due date. The assignment will not be accepted any other way.

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