Extended Stay America invests in lighting upgrades
Hotel chain Extended Stay America is shedding much-needed light – at least, energy efficient light – on its properties nationwide.
The company has teamed with Hubbell Lighting as part of a $1 billion investment designed to improve Extended Stay America’s entire portfolio of 629 properties, according to a press release.
The existing technology used to illuminate the buildings, parking lots and common areas was outdated by almost 20 years, officials said. Existing light levels were not acceptable, and maintenance costs were unsustainable.
Extended Stay wants to "improve the guest experience," the release said. The initial upgrade focuses on external aesthetics.
The shortfalls of the exterior lighting were negatively impacting the guest experience, Extended Stay American officials said. The organization wanted a solution that would improve aesthetics in a cost-effective and environmentally-friendly manner.
"We developed a solution that would replace the existing pole and wallpacks at ESA's properties with LED luminaires," said Jeff Moreau, national accounts manager for hospitality at Hubbell Lighting.
By replacing the legacy fixtures, Extended Stay America already has been able to improve outdoor lighting levels, ultimately contributing to the safety and security of guests, visitors and staff. Lighting performance and quality have been improved, affording the chain the ability to achieve better light uniformity and increase light levels in critical places that were flagged as potential areas of risk.
The LED technology has had an immediate return on the investment for ESA. Energy expenses have been reduced, and the projected energy savings once all 629 hotels are completed is expected to be 18,500,000 kWh per year, translating to an annual savings of $1.75 million.
The expected environmental impact is a CO2 reduction of 10,216 metric tons. This is equivalent to removing 2,151 passenger vehicles a year from U.S. roadways.
“We are in the process of implementing one of the most important initiatives in the history of our company," said David Crider, director of energy and sustainability for Extended Stay America. “The $1 billion investment we are making to improve the customer experience at every single one of our properties will have a substantial impact on our material success moving forward.”
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