The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Jade Moun­tain and Anse Chas­tanet re­sorts marked Earth Day, Wed­nes­day, April 22nd, by switch­ing their light­ing sys­tems to an en­ergy ef­fi­cient, eco­log­i­cally friendly lightemit­ting diode (LED) so­lu­tion.

Karolin Trou­bet­zkoy, who man­ages op­er­a­tions at the award-win­ning Saint Lu­cian re­sorts said, "We have reg­is­tered an ini­tia­tive with Earth­Day.org, stat­ing our com­mit­ment to change from in­can­des­cent to LED light­ing."

Carl Hunter, prop­erty manager for the world renowned re­sorts, as­serted that the switch to power-sav­ing LED lights will re­duce elec­tric­ity con­sump­tion on site from a to­tal light­ing load of 120,000 watts to 15,000 watts, a re­duc­tion of 87.5 per­cent of the prop­erty's light­ing load. This rep­re­sents a monthly re­duc­tion of 37,400 kWh.

Fur­ther­more, he added: "The switch to LED bulbs will sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce our car­bon foot­print and the re­sorts' de­pen­dence on the burning of ex­pen­sive fos­sil fu­els to gen­er­ate en­ergy."

As to cost sav­ings, he as­serted they were sig­nif­i­cant: a min­i­mum sav­ing of $4,140 per month is ex­pected over a lamp's life­cy­cle of 50,000 hours or 22 years. The in­vest­ment of ap­prox­i­mately US$21,000 will achieve sim­ple pay­back on en­ergy sav­ings over five months.

The Earth Day Net­work's year-round mission is to broaden, di­ver­sify and ac­ti­vate the en­vi­ron­men­tal move­ment world­wide, through a com­bi­na­tion of ed­u­ca­tion, public pol­icy, and con­sumer cam­paigns.

Anse Chas­tanet, and later Jade Moun­tain, was built on the philo­soph­i­cal foun­da­tion of en­vi­ron­men­tal con­scious­ness, long be­fore eco­log­i­cal sen­si­tiv­ity and en­ergy ef­fi­ciency be­came fash­ion­able.

Only nat­u­ral light­ing is used at the re­sorts dur­ing the day. The ex­ter­nal ar­eas and grounds are il­lu­mi­nated by yel­low light­ing, which does not in­ter­fere with the lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment or wild an­i­mal be­hav­iour. Yel­low light­ing is also used in ar­eas where tur­tles hatch as it does not dis­ori­ent the young hatch­lings.

With the ex­cep­tion of 12 air con­di­tioned units, ac­com­mo­da­tions at Jade Moun­tain and Anse Chas­tanet have been de­signed to take ad­van­tage of nat­u­ral air flow mak­ing air con­di­tion­ing un­nec­es­sary. Ad­di­tion­ally, pump­ing for waste wa­ter is limited to a sin­gle stage pri­mary lift pump to start the process; the bal­ance of the treat­ment is done with grav­ity flow sys­tems, elim­i­nat­ing the need for ad­di­tional power con­sump­tion.

Anse Chas­tanet and Jade Moun­tain take pride in shar­ing their com­mit­ment to en­vi­ron­men­tal stew­ard­ship with re­sort vis­i­tors. "We give our guests in­for­ma­tion about the cul­ture, his­tory, and ecol­ogy of the lo­cal re­gion, in­clud­ing lo­cal en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion ef­forts and so­cial and cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties," said Trou­bet­zkoy.

The In­ter­na­tion­ally renowned Jade Moun­tain.

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