Arlington Resort Hotel and Spa Gets Energy Upgrades from Home Energy Affordability Loan

Employees share in Energy Efficiency Benefits 
The Arlington Hotel has had a place in Hot Springs, America’s oldest National Park, since 1875. This historic hotel and spa has been in its present location since 1924, and many of its 300 employees have worked at the Arlington for decades. The 485-room hotel facility includes a grand central lobby, two pool areas, a banquet kitchen, meeting rooms, dining areas, laundry operations and administration support areas. 
After discussing energy and comfort concerns with the Arlington management team, the HEAL industrial audit partner performed an extensive survey of the facilities. Focus was quickly narrowed to energy-efficient measures that could achieve maximum energy savings, with the shortest possible payback. Every HEAL implementation is unique; for the Arlington, it was vital that resort visitors and hotel guests not experience any adverse impact during the retrofit. The HEAL construction compliance manager and contractors worked to create a scope of work and executed the bid process for the Arlington. The HEAL team provides oversight throughout the entire implementation of the retrofit, as well as building performance testing at project completion to verify savings. 
Facility Actions and Results
  • Extensive lighting retrofit expected to save $93,150 annually. Scope includes comprehensive replacement of incandescent bulbs with compact-fluorescent models, and installation of energy-efficient ballasts where applicable 
  • HVAC improvements expected to save $40,410 annually. Scope includes integration of controls to regulate operation of hotel chillers and boilers, and replacement of low-efficiency fan motors. 
  • Metering improvements are expected to save $10,508 annually 
Employees Benefit from Energy Savings 
The Arlington Hotel agreed to take a portion of the facility energy savings and create an Employee Loan Fund, which allows employees with three or more years of service to receive free home energy audits and access a zero percent loan to fund energy saving improvements. The Arlington is using some of the expected energy savings from the improvements to provide 0% interest loans to their employees so they can undertake energy efficient improvements in their own homes, repaying the loans through payroll deductions. To date, over 40 employees have undergone energy audits with over half of them completing a retrofit. In addition, the HEAL program has identified and provided over $17,000 in utility rebates for participating employees, many of which were Arlington employees. Bob Martorana, General Manager comments that “HEAL delivered a truly turnkey program that benefits both the facility and our employees”.

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