LOS ANGELES-The Westin Los Angeles Airport near LAX has implemented sustainable and energy-efficient equipment at the facility, and earned nearly $400,000 in rebates from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) through the Custom Performance Program (CPP). The Westin is among several LADWP commercial customers that are saving energy and money on their electric bill by partnering with LADWP to reduce electrical energy use in their buildings. Since participating in the program, The Westin has saved more than $200,000 a year in energy costs, and an ongoing 25 percent reduction in its energy consumption, or 1.8 million kilowatt-hours, equivalent to removing 301 homes in Los Angeles from the electric grid on an annual basis.
“We have always believed that ‘People/Planet/Profit’ is a great formula for success,” says Chris Mahan, the Director of Engineering of The Westin Los Angeles Airport. “To that end, we make sure to stay ahead of the curve, to continually offer guests the upscale amenities and comforts they expect from a Westin hotel, down to optimizing the hotel’s energy efficiency and sustainability measures.”
Primarily designed for large commercial and industrial customers, LADWP’s CPP helps businesses reduce energy costs through an array of energy-efficient measures like lighting, HVAC and thermal energy storage. Increased efficiency often leads to long-term savings in building operation costs while increasing the comfort of those working in the facility and benefiting the customer’s bottom line.
The Westin Los Angeles Airport conducted an energy audit to identify potential energy efficiency measures throughout its 600,000 square-foot hotel which includes 747 guestrooms. The Westin then applied for and received rebates from the LADWP’s CPP for installing new high-efficiency chillers, a new waterside economizer and variable frequency drives in the hotel’s central plant. They also upgraded the existing HVAC equipment, among other retrofits.
“It was a pleasure to work with The Westin Los Angeles Airport, one of the largest hotels in our service territory, to provide rebates for upgraded equipment that’s also providing them with ongoing cost savings,” said LADWP’s Chief Sustainability Officer Nancy Sutley. “The energy efficient measures implemented by The Westin Los Angeles Airport demonstrate that environmentally-driven decisions and profits are not mutually exclusive.”
The Westin plans to apply for additional LADWP rebates including changing hotel interior and guestroom lighting from fluorescent to LED, and converting 747 toilets from 1.6 gallons per flush (gpf) to 1.28 or 0.8 gpf dual flush.
LADWP puts customers first by offering the CPP and many other programs to help our customers save on their bills while protecting the environment. To learn more about LADWP’s Custom Performance Program (CPP): www.ladwp.com/custom or (213) 367-3436.