Efficient energy use, is the goal of efforts at MLH to reduce the amount of energy required on their products and services. The engineering team at MLH practice that insulation allows the building to use less heating and cooling energy to achieve and maintain a comfortable temperature. Installing fluorescent lights or natural skylights reduces the amount of energy required to attain the same level of illumination compared to using traditional incandescent light bulbs. Compact fluorescent lights use two-thirds less energy and lasting 6 to 10 times longer than incandescent lights. Indeed MLH has taken these to heart with making these their best practices and finally achieving a place amongst the very best in the hotel industry for being conservationists, at the National Energy Awards held recently.
Some of the measures MLH has taken and indeed been rewarded for are:
· 250W lights being changed to 80W energy saving lights
· Change of Chiller set point without compromising on quality and efficiency
· Change of guest corridors and room lights to CFL(compact fluorescent lighting)
· Insulation to steam lines and chill water lines that have been exposed
· Switching on perimeters lights according to dusk to day light
· Being alert and adjusting the room thermostats to 24°C
· Fixed variable speed drives on pumps
· Fixed timers and motion sensors for better control in lighting in sea and garden wing
· Fixed energy saving card switches in all guest rooms in sea and garden wings
· Conducting workshops to team members on how to reduce energy and save by introducing technology and energy saving equipment
“We reduced the energy cost by 5% in 2011. And it is a great achievement for us. which not only shows that cutting our use to the size we require is being energy wise and also being concerned about the nation’s future too.” He further states, “our efforts for a greener tomorrow is being paid off when we consciously and genuinely want to conserve and not waste.”
The Mount Lavinia Hotel was honoured with a "Merit certificate" at the "National Energy Awards 2012" which was organized by the Ministry of Power & Energy with Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority. Dedication and Best Practices on "Saving Energy and Reduce energy Losses" was the highlight of the awards.