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Boulder Bay developer gambles on energy

Annie Flanzraich
Sierra Sun

CRYSTAL BAY ” Visitors to the Crystal Bay Motel this summer may see a slew of new amenities aimed at reducing the motel’s energy footprint.

The experiment is part of a process for a proposed new development, Boulder Bay, to figure out how to reduce the use of energy.

Boulder Bay shares owners with the Crystal Bay Motel across the street.

“We’re using the Crystal Bay Motel as a laboratory,” project manager Brian Helm said.

Beginning in spring, some of the water fixtures will be switched to low flow toilets, shower heads and faucets. Each room will be outfitted with compact fluorescent light bulbs and the controls will be set with a motion sensor.

“We go from room to room leaving lights on, which is hard on the hospitality industry,” Helm said. “We’re trying to help our guests have green behaviors.”

Another major energy drain for hotels and motels are televisions, which can continue to use energy even when they’re turned off. However, Helm said the motel will also be outfitted with new EnergyStar rated televisions to help with that tissue.

By instituting these changes Helm said Boulder Bay hopes to find out which strategies work and also how to best accommodate its guests while reducing its carbon footprint.

In the end, he and other Boulder Bay leaders hope the results can help other business and homeowners in the community.

“It might even give some people a reason to change their behaviors at home,” he said.