A new state law championed by Attorney General Doug Gansler that requires newly-built hotels to install sensory devices in each room that automatically shut off lights if the room is unoccupied for 30 minutes is the latest in Maryland's effort to conserve energy costs.
The business-friendly law will also save the hotel industry money, since the electricity savings far outweigh the $50-to-$150 per-unit installation cost. Studies indicate hotels using the devices, which can also regulate a room's temperature when it is vacated for longer periods, save an average of 30 percent a year in energy costs.
After staying in an overseas hotel that required card keys to be inserted in a slot to activate the lights, Attorney General Gansler proposed the legislation during this year's General Assembly session. It passed the House and Senate by wide margins.blog comments powered by Disqus
Since taking office, Doug Gansler has distinguished himself by prosecuting polluters of the Chesapeake Bay, protecting consumers from corporate and insurance fraud, safeguarding the public from gangs, and attacking the underbelly of the Internet. More