W Hotels, the fastest-growing luxury hotel brand in the world, chose Energy Focus to install our energy-efficient EFO systems in their hotels in Chicago's Lakeshore and in Manhattan's Times Square. The systems are installed throughout the public common areas of the hotels, replacing traditional MR-16 halogen and compact fluorescent lamps.
A wise move, considering that lighting accounts for about one-third of all electric costs in hotels (the U.S. hotel industry spends $5.3 billion per year on electricity.) Because EFO lighting systems use less than 20% of the energy of MR-16 halogens, these two W Hotels are seeing a significant savings in energy costs. The hotels will see further savings in reduced maintenance costs and fewer bulb changes.
Further, by switching to EFO, the W Hotels have significantly reduced their energy consumption and carbon footprint. For example, the hotels are now saving more than 750,000 kilowatt hours annually. In terms of carbon emissions, the amount of coal saved by installing EFO would fill all the bathtubs in the Times Square W once a month. And the carbon dioxide savings from the switch is equivalent to removing 160 cars from the road.