Boyne Falls, Mich., January 28, 2009 – Boyne Mountain Resort has installed a revolutionary system that controls energy consumption in unoccupied hotel rooms of the resort’s Mountain Grand Lodge and Spa accommodations. The Lodge is the first hotel in the state to use Entergize, which is expected to reduce energy use by up to 40%.
The Mountain Grand Lodge and Spa’s 220 rooms and suites have been outfitted with a guest key card activated system by Entergize that controls heating, cooling and lighting with a wireless micro chip based radio frequency. When guests enter and insert their room keycard into the control switch, energy sources are enabled allowing lights to be turned on and heating and cooling temperatures to be adjusted. Upon exiting and removing the room keycard, all sources return to preset energy saving settings. Balcony rooms also have sensors that shut down heating and cooling elements when patio doors are left ajar.
“The Entergize system is a win-win for Boyne Mountain,” said Roy Haworth, Boyne Mountain accommodations manager. “The system’s efficiencies reduce wasteful energy consumption while also cutting hotel energy costs.”
The projected annual energy reduction is over 1.5 million kilowatt-hours, a carbon emissions reduction equivalent to 2.6 million pounds of carbon dioxide removed from the atmosphere or 30,000 trees planted.
Additional energy saving measures include the conversion of all standard light bulbs to compact fluorescent bulbs reducing wattage use by an estimated 70% and the installation of low-flow showerheads and kitchen and bathroom faucets. Boyne Mountain’s green and energy initiatives helped to earn the resort Green Lodging Michigan’s Leader certification from the Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Growth.
The Entergize Energy Control System was developed in 2001 and has been established in thousands of hotel rooms across the country. For more information on Entergize, please visit www.entergize.net. For additional Boyne Mountain information and reservations, please visit www.BOYNE.com or call 800.GO.BOYNE (462-6963).
To download hi-resolution photos of the Entergize control switch and Mountain Grand Lodge and Spa, visit http://www.boyne.com/Media/ImageLibrary/index.html.
BOYNE is a collection of mountain and golf resorts, retail stores and real estate opportunities based in Michigan. Each of the collection is a member of the Boyne Resorts family of resorts and attractions and includes Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls; Boyne Highlands Resort in Harbor Springs and The Inn at Bay Harbor – A Renaissance Golf Resort in Bay Harbor as well as Bay Harbor Golf Club, Crooked Tree Golf Club, Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark, Boyne Country Sports and Boyne Realty. With countless lodging and meeting facilities, eight championship golf courses, premiere snowsports terrain, three spas, distinctive dining, spectacular events and Michigan’s largest indoor waterpark, we ask……what are you up for? For more information on BOYNE, please visit www.BOYNE.com.