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Inn at Penn Awarded State Grant for Lighting and Temperature Control System

April 6, 2011

Following a recently completed a multi-million dollar renovation designed to modernize the property’s 238 guest rooms and suites, The Hilton Inn at Penn was awarded a $100,000 energy improvement grant from the State of Pennsylvania to support the installation of the Evolve® guestroom lighting and temperature control system.  

The Inn at Penn will become one of the first Philadelphia hotels to use the new system, which is expected to reduce its energy consumption by between 30 and 45% percent annually.

Upon entering the room, the guest initiates control of the lighting, HVAC system, television, etc. by simply inserting the keycard into the wall mounted keycard reader. Lighting, television, and temperature control are operated normally while the room is occupied. When guests leave and remove the keycard, all room lighting is turned off, the television is powered down, and the HVAC system is automatically set to its energy-saving mode.

The Evolve® system complements other energy efficiency efforts included in the recent renovation. In addition to updating each guest room with contemporary features, blackout shades and upgraded fluorescent lighting were installed to reduce energy consumption, and WaterSense® showerheads were installed to save thousands of gallons of water annually.

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Penn’s undergraduate major in Environmental Studies was the first in the country in 1972.

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