Lawmakers May Force Hotels to Maintain Warmer Temps During Summer, Cooler Temps During Winter to Promote Energy Conservation

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As the world becomes increasingly aware of the environmental impact of climate change, many governments are taking steps to reduce carbon emissions and promote sustainable practices. For example, in the United States, lawmakers are considering a new bill requiring hotels to maintain warmer temperatures during the summer and cooler temperatures during the winter to conserve energy. However, this could pose a challenge for hotels that rely on manual controls to regulate room temperatures. That’s where Lodging Technology’s GEM Link® Wireless comes in.

GEM Link® Wireless is an innovative technology that allows hotels to control and monitor room temperatures, lighting, and other features. This wireless system can be installed in standard guestrooms in 35 – 40 minutes without wiring or structural changes. GEM Link® Wireless is unique among all occupancy sensor-based systems:

GEM Link® Wireless operates in the background behind any type of HVAC and thermostat without requiring constant monitoring and adjustment. If programmed parameters, such as Temperature Setback, need to be changed, it can be accomplished by maintenance with the Programmer Maintenance tool without entering the room.

Installation of GEM Link® Wireless allows hotels to achieve significant energy savings, reduce their carbon footprint, and comply with new regulations. In addition, the system allows for precise control of room temperatures while guests are out 65% of the day, so hotels can maintain optimal conditions while minimizing energy waste.

Moreover, GEM Link® Wireless offers hotel guests added convenience and comfort. The Room Status Scanner™ (RSS) feature allows housekeeping, maintenance, and security to determine from the hallway whether someone is physically present BEFORE knocking and disturbing guests while sleeping, showering, or dressing. In addition, GEM Link® can be programmed to turn off the 2-burner cooktop typically found in hotel suites to prevent sprinkler damage or fire and reset the electric water heater in a vacation condo or timeshare properties. A property’s insurance company may lower the premium.  

In conclusion, the proposed legislation to regulate hotel temperatures is a step towards reducing carbon emissions and promoting sustainable tourism practices. By adopting innovative technologies such as GEM Link® Wireless, hotels, and other facilities can comply with these regulations, achieve significant energy savings, and provide a better experience for their guests. Contact Lodging Technology today to learn more about our energy saving solutions.

William Fizer: From Vietnam Era Veteran to Hospitality Technology Innovator

William Fizer owns Lodging Technology, which provides sustainable solutions and innovative technology to the hospitality industry. But before he became an entrepreneur and technology innovator, Fizer served his country as a soldier during the Vietnam War era on Okinawa as an instructor in the electronics of the HAWK surface-to-air missile.
After returning from Okinawa in 1964, Fizer pursued a career in technology and worked for several companies in the field. However, he found his true passion when he started working in the hospitality industry, where he saw an opportunity to apply his technology expertise to help hotels become more sustainable and efficient.

In 1984, Fizer founded what is now Lodging Technology to provide innovative and sustainable energy solutions to the hospitality industry. The company offers a range of products and services, including energy-efficient lighting solutions, wireless control systems, building automation systems, and sustainability consulting services.

Under Fizer’s leadership, Lodging Technology has become a leading provider of hospitality technology solutions, working with independent properties, luxury brands, and major hotel chains. The company’s innovative products and services have helped hotels reduce their environmental impact, improve operational efficiency, and enhance the guest experience.

William Fizer

Fizer’s contributions to the hospitality and technology industries have been noticed. In 2017, Lodging Technology received the Small Business of the Year award from the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce. In 2023, he was nominated for the Roanoke Blacksburg Technology Council for the Innovator Award, which recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the technology industry in Virginia.

As a Vietnam-era veteran, Fizer understands the importance of service and dedication, and he has applied those values to his career in technology and hospitality. He has helped hotels become more sustainable, efficient, and innovative through his work at Lodging Technology. He continues pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in the hospitality technology industry.

In conclusion, William Fizer’s career, military service, and contributions to the technology industry are a testament to his dedication, innovation, and commitment to service. His work at Lodging Technology has helped hotels become more sustainable and efficient, and his passion for technology and hospitality continues to drive him forward. We salute him for his service to our country and contributions to the hospitality and technology industries.