Saving energy wins Waikiki hotel more than $119K

HONOLULU (AP) - A Waikiki hotel is receiving more than $119,000 as a reward for installing energy efficient air conditioning systems and lights.

The conservation and energy efficiency program Hawaii Energy says the Courtyard Marriott Waikiki Beach retrofitted 400 guestrooms with air conditioning systems that turn off automatically when the rooms aren't occupied.

A switch also turns off the room's air conditioning when a lanai door is open.

The hotel replaced less efficient halogen lamps in guestroom corridors with high performance and long-lasting light emitting diode lamps.

Hawaii Energy on Tuesday presented the hotel with a check for more than $119,000. It says the hotel will also likely save about $190,000 in electricity costs each year.

Hawaii's electric utility customers pay for the Hawaii Energy program.

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