The Boiler Room Blog

Advice on commercial water heater selection, maintenance and safety issues for businesses that rely on a steady supply of hot water.

energy star

Save Money & the Environment with ENERGY STAR®

ENERGY STAR® was created with the intention of preserving our environment, and it also saves YOU money long-term.

In today’s competitive economy, more and more hotels, restaurants, apartments and condos are switching over to appliances and other equipment with the ENERGY STAR® rating for a couple of BIG reasons: long-term savings and an increase in environmental sustainability. But what is ENERGY STAR® and why does it matter if a product has the ENERGY STAR® stamp?

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eco-friendly hotel

How To Attract Guests To Your Hotel
with Eco-Friendly Practices

Green practices in hotels are on the rise and your business can benefit from joining the ranks.  Going green can mean a lot of big changes or a few small ones — but even a little goes a long way. Understanding how to attract guests to your hotel isn’t always easy, but we recommend trying these eco-friendly practices to help set you apart from the competition and appeal to the growing number of sustainability savvy travelers.

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how to harvest rainwater

Easy Rainwater Harvesting: Rain Barrels

Learning how to harvest rainwater is the perfect way to do your part in helping the environment – and save money!

Spring is almost here, which means it’s time to start thinking about landscaping again. I’m sure you are familiar with the phrase “April showers bring May flowers”. Well, we are going to help you use those showers to save money and water. We’ll focus on how to harvest rainwater and create a more sustainable way (for your yard and your wallet) to landscape using rain barrels.

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How To Go Green To Expand Your Business

The decision has been made: your company is going green.

It’s a positive move and everyone is pretty excited. You and your fellow business leaders are enthusiastic: risks were calculated and your profits will no doubt increase. Your employees are enthusiastic because green business practices is something they all agree on. It increases the sense of community and everyone wants to do their part. Together, you’re all making great strides forward into the 21st century.

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sustainable business

Going Green: The Time is Now

Is it worth it to invest in sustainable business trends? Of course it is! We’ll tell you why.

All this talk about going green and sustainable business practices is really gaining momentum. Businesses large and small are learning that by going green, they’re not just saving money and the environment, but they’re also seeing an increase in profits due to public interest and media attention.

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boutique hotel

Boutique Hotels Go Green

If you’re going to stand out as a boutique hotel, you have to do things differently from your corporate competition.

There’s no reason to be like those other hotels. You know, the big corporate chains that offer a bit less for a bit more? Your boutique hotel offers special amenities that the big guys just don’t provide—namely, an experience that showcases exactly what a boutique hotel is.

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energy efficient building

Why Update An Old Building?

You can make some easy energy efficient building updates to refurbish old buildings and help the environment.

The US Department of Energy reported that just last year, commercial buildings were responsible for 50% of the energy consumption in the United States, costing the economy over $400 billion. And that’s just in one year. Clearly, there’s a major problem here—one that falls under the overarching issue of sustainability. This type of spending and resource consumption cannot continue if we, as a species, plan stick around for the next century.

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sustainable community

Building a Green Community: Cultivating Tenant Buy-In

The benefits of a sustainable community will be noticeable to both your tenants and to you, as property owners/managers.

If you’re anything like us, you’re thinking about the future—about sustainability, responsibility and community. As an environmentally aware apartment/condo owner or manager, you’re doing your best to up your sustainable community and reduce your building’s carbon footprint.

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restaurant food waste

To Toss or Not To Toss: What to Do with Your Restaurant Food Waste

What do you do with all that extra food you can’t use? Or better yet, what should you do with it?

Many big chain restaurants literally throw it all in the garbage. Food waste, glass, paper and other recyclables all tossed away, with little consideration for this trash’s value as a resource. People all over the country (and the world) are starving, yet the big corporate chain restaurants throw away hundreds of pounds of food a day.

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rooftop garden

How to: Start a Rooftop Garden

Never forget that innovation is the key to success.

Whether you’re the owner of a restaurant or apartment building, or if you just want to be more environmentally conscientious, starting a rooftop garden provides tons of benefits for your business, your community, your building structure and the environment. Green roofs are increasingly becoming a popular concept for an overwhelmingly wide variety of reasons.

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