Being the first eco-friendly hotel in Chicago, the Hotel Felix has been a leader in “going green.” Everything from bamboo flooring & recycled carpet to motion/heat sensored thermostats. It’s been amazing to see the response from our guests when they stay somewhere that is good for the environment without having to sacrifice comfort or style.
But we aren’t the only ones who can help; you can do the same at home too. Change out standard incandescent bulbs to low energy CFL or LED versions. Not only do you save 20% in cost but also have a bulb that lasts 15 times longer. Or add a low flow showerhead to your bathroom. These showerheads don’t need to feel like they have no pressure- as is proof in our rooms (come and stay to see for yourself.) Try the Kohler K-973 that we use here that has a 2.5 gallon per minute flow rate. It saves water & energy but feels like a rainshower. In cold Chicago weather, one great way to impact is to insulate your hot water heater. It won’t have to work as hard to product heat thus saving fossil fuels & you save 15% on cost.
Want to find out how one person affects the environment? Go to www.carbonfootprint.com. We use this site to see how our building positively affects the Earth but it can be used for individuals too. By taking public transportation, using CFL, keeping AC low & recycling, I personally took 34 cars off the road & saved 45 trees from being cut down. How can you impact? I challenge you to find out.