Green Initiatives

Been There, Doing That
For Quarter of a Century!

World's Largest:

For more than thirty years, Galt House® Hotel's SUITE Tower has been heated and cooled with one of the world's largest GeoExchange systems. Geothermal energy is competitive with wind power and significantly cheaper than solar power — geothermal costs between just four and seven cents a kilowatt-hour. 

What's a GeoExchange System?  

Geothermal energy is a result of the earth's natural heat. The system captures that energy, and processes it through heat exchanges and water source heat pumps, which results in energy for heating and cooling guest rooms and meeting space throughout the SUITE Tower in Galt House Hotel. 

Key Benefits: 
  • Saves approximately 5.6 million kilowatts per year, equaling more than $360,000 in energy costs annually
  • All chemical emissions are eliminated 
  • Louisville Gas & Electric (LG&E) reports significant annual emission reductions at their power plants due to reduced electricity usage
  • Hotel guests can use heating or cooling any time of the year

Best for the Enviornment:

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has concluded that GeoExchange systems have the least environmental impact of any alternative space conditioning technologies currently available. On a full fuel cycle basis, GeoExchange systems also provide the lowest CO2 emissions, resulting in minimum greenhouse warming. Overall, the EPA found GeoExchange heating and cooling systems to have the lowest enviornmental cost of all tecnologies analyzed (including air-source heat pumps and natural gas furnances). 

Outpacing Competitors: 

Galt House Hotel's energy savings each month, LG&E's annual emission reductions and energy savings, and air quality improvement through the elimination of chemical emissions, outpaces all green iniatives of our combined Downtown Louisville hotel competitors. 

Additional Green Initiatives

  • Guest room temperatures are monitored to show the tempature guidelines of 68 degrees in winter and 72 degrees in summer
  • Monitor meeting rooms to ensure lighting and room temperatures are set at appropriate levels and lights off when not in use
  • Controlled spacing of all guest and meeting rooms to allow for a shut-down of unoccupied floors when possible
  • Halogen Energy Saver bulbs are used in the hotel
  • Energy reduction by monitoring back-of-the-house equipment when not in use
  • Oversee timed shut-down for equipment, computers, and desk accessories when not in use