Duke Energy Proposes Annual Adjustment for Fuel Factor and Other Riders with North Carolina Utilities Commission: How Lodging Technology and GEM Link® Wireless Can Help

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Duke Energy Carolinas has recently proposed an annual adjustment to its fuel and other riders with the North Carolina Utilities Commission. The proposed changes aim to adjust rates according to actual costs and reduce the need for future rate adjustments. This announcement could have an impact on energy costs for customers in the lodging industry. However, there are ways to mitigate these potential costs.

Lodging Technology offers a range of energy management solutions that can help hotel owners and operators reduce their energy consumption and costs. One such solution is the GEM Link® Wireless system, which enables hotels to monitor and control their HVAC and lighting systems. By using this system, hotels can optimize their energy usage based on physical occupancy levels and reduce energy waste. The GEM Link® Wireless system can also provide real-time data on energy consumption, allowing hotels to identify areas for further energy savings.

In addition to energy management solutions, Lodging Technology can also help hotels navigate the changing landscape of energy regulations and policies. As utilities like Duke Energy Carolinas adjust their rates, Lodging Technology can provide guidance on how to optimize energy usage and reduce costs.

For example, Lodging Technology can help hotels take advantage of renewable energy incentives and programs that may be available in their area. The proposed increase in the renewable energy rider charge by Duke Energy Carolinas highlights the importance of investing in clean energy sources. By partnering with Lodging Technology, hotels can explore options for installing renewable energy systems, such as solar panels, and receive guidance on how to apply for rebates and incentives.

Overall, the proposed annual adjustment for fuel and other riders with the North Carolina Utilities Commission is a reminder of the importance of energy management for the lodging industry. By using energy management solutions like GEM Link® Wireless and working with companies like Lodging Technology, hotels can reduce their energy consumption and costs while also promoting sustainability and environmental stewardship.

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.