Been There, Doing That
(For Quarter of a Century)!
Installed before green was 'in' back in 1984, the Galt House Hotel has one of the world's largest GeoExchange systems. Competitive with wind power and significantly cheaper than solar power, geothermal costs between just four and seven cents a kilowatt-hour. For more than twenty-five years, Galt House Hotel's SUITE Tower has been heated/cooled via a Geo Exchange system.
What's a GeoExchange System?
Geothermal energy is result of the Earth's natural heat. The system captures that energy, processes it through heat exchanges and water source heat pumps, and results in energy for heating/cooling individual rooms and meeting space throughout the hotel.
Best for the Enviornment:
Savings of approximately 5.6 million kilowatts per year equaling more than $360,000 in energy costs annually
Removal of all chemical emissions with use of the GeoExchange system
Louisville Gas & Electric (LG&E) reports significant annual emission reductions at their power plants due to reduced electricity usage.
Virtually non-existent demands from guests regarding heating/cooling needs
The United States Environmental Protection Agency has concluded that GeoExchange systems have the least enviornment 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 impact. 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).
Galt House energy savings each month, along with LG&E's annual emission reductions/energy savings and the fact that we help provide better air quality due to lack of chemical emissions, outpaces all green iniatives of our combined downtown Louisville hotel competitors.
Additional Green Initiatives
Communicated guest room temperatures of 68 degrees in winter and 72 degrees in summer
Monitored 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
Use fluorescent energy-saving light bulbs
Back-of-thehouse equipment monitoring for energy reduction opportunities
Oversee timed shut-down for equipment, computers and desk accessories when not in use.