After a 5.5 hour turbulent plane ride and waiting 25 minutes for a taxi (I got an eco-cab!) in the 101 degree F heat, I finally stumble into my hotel room. I open the door and a heat wave hits me. I don’t know the last time I was inside and it felt this hot.
The thermostat in my hotel room is off. When I turn it on the it tells me it’s 86 degrees F in the room. It takes a full hour for the room to get to a manageable temperature.
I climb into bed a little later and go to turn on the bedside lamp. It doesn’t turn on. I check for a light bulb — that’s not the problem. I reach around the back and the cord isn’t plugged in. I have to blindly grope behind the bed to find the outlet.
“What’s the deal with this hotel?” I ask myself. “Don’t they know I expect things to work?”
Then it occurs to me — the hotel is making an effort to save electricity.
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Still, each time I discover another unplugged appliance, my first feeling is one of annoyance. Then, after a moment, I’m thankful for their efforts to be a little greener.
In the morning I wake up, put some water in the coffee pot to heat up water for my tea and turn on the pot. A few minutes later I still don’t hear the drip, drip, drip. It’s not plugged in.
After my shower I pull the hotel dryer off the side of the wall expecting it to turn on immediately, but it, too, is unplugged.
I suppose this is the Catch-22 hotels face. If they don’t make an effort to be more environmentally friendly, consumers say they aren’t green enough. But when they make an effort to be a little greener, customers are annoyed by the minor inconveniences they face.
I’m guessing most people are disgruntled with, rather than grateful for, the hotel’s energy-saving efforts. So today, I’m going to fill out my comment card and thank this hotel for have the thermostat off and the appliances unplugged. Hopefully my gratitude will help offset any complaints they get.
Have you ever walked into a hotel to find all of the appliances unplugged? If so, what was your reaction?
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