San Antonio Energy Champions
Be an Eco-Friendly Traveler

Living green does not only mean having an eco-friendly home. If you love to travel, staying at eco-friendly hotels is a great way to stay green on the road.

Green hotelsEco-Friendly Hotels – Across the globe, there are many hotels that promote and use great methods of living greener. Take the Element Houston Vintage Park Hotel for example – from the floor to the ceiling, recycled content is used for decoration and efficient quality use. All of their bathrooms have an option of half or full flush and are equipped with low-flow sink faucets. Element’s kitchens also use utilities like silverware and glassware instead of disposable products along with filtered drinking water to minimize water bottles. Hotels in San Antonio are also increasing their green efforts for guests. The Marriott Rivercenter, Grand Hyatt and Hyatt Regency are all participating in our San Antonio Energy Champions Building Competition this year. Each hotel has been improving actions to save energy by minimizing the HVAC settings in lobbies, offices and other peripheral rooms during hours of low use. Also, these hotels have been saving electricity by unplugging appliances after guest use and encouraging janitorial staff to do room checks for energy-efficient practices.

Other Ways to be an Eco-Friendly Traveler

  • Create your own recycle bins. This is an efficient tool to keep your recycling consistent when being away from home.
  • Limit water bottle usage. Travel with a reusable bottle, such as a tin bottle, and refill it with filtered water or tap water. This allows the reduction of plastic and a cleaner, yet environmentally helpful, way of traveling.
  • Bring your own reusable utilities, such as kitchen appliances (spoons, forks, knives) and shampoo/conditioner bottles. This is a great way to reduce the amount of plastic usage.

Traveling while using the right resources like eco-friendly hotels and green travel methods can reduce your carbon footprint.

(The San Antonio Energy Champions program is an energy-efficiency initiative started by Champion AC in San Antonio. It focuses on sharing tips on living a green life, educating elementary children about our community’s energy needs, cutting down on our environmental footprint and saving both money and energy at home.)