Ritz in bid to save energy

With the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman now CUC’s largest customer, the resort has instituted an energy conservation programme for areas that won’t affect guests or local visitors to the hotel.

As an example of the amount of energy used at the resort, April’s CUC bill was $369,817 – and this has not even been the highest.

According to Communications Director Melissa Perkins, the goal of what she terms their ‘aggressive’ conservation programme is to cut both energy usage and cost by five per cent per month.

The programme has been in place since the hotel’s opening. ‘Our Director of Engineering, Dave Gebo, held the same position at the Ritz-Carlton in Jamaica, so he is aware of high costs on the island,’ she noted.

Some of the conservation efforts already in place at the hotel include having installed timers in various areas, including: light switches in the housekeeping store room, in the spa pump and on lights at the pool, interior corridors in the Ocean Tower, exterior lights at the Porte Cochere, kitchen exhaust fans, fountain, exterior wall sconce and on pumps.

Motion detectors have been installed in the banquet kitchen, linen rooms, electrical panel rooms, store rooms and electrical rooms and some back of house offices.

The Ritz-Carlton Energy Action Conservation Team meets monthly.

Ms Perkins explained that this is done to generate new energy saving ideas and a newsletter is published monthly to ensure all of the staff members (Ladies and Gentlemen) are made aware of these initiatives and to remind them to energize them daily.

Many new energy saving ideas have come from these meetings, she said.

‘Each department has a representative on the REACT team. For example, members of the culinary team who spend a lot of time washing vegetables suggested installing sensors and foot pedals for the sinks in the ‘heart of the house’ areas to reduce water waste. We’re also using timers in the main corridors to turn off wall sconces when the sunlight makes them unnecessary.’