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You splurge, they recycle

Nominated for the World's Best Environment friendly hotel, The Claridges at Surajkund is all about giving back to nature. Ruchira Hoon explores...

india Updated: Sep 11, 2009 21:45 IST

If conserving energy matters to you, then go ahead and read this. Otherwise overlook this piece. Recycling, renewing and rainwater harvesting, three words that seem to have become the only way to go green. And if you’re the kind who wonders what happens to the water in the pool of a hotel or the food that goes waste after dinner every day, then maybe here’s a spot that you must visit.

The only hotel in New Delhi to be nominated for the much-coveted World’s Best Environment friendly hotel, The Claridges in Surajkund, Faridabad is about giving back to nature. They look after their guests in 5-star style and they’ve got a green and intelligent building.

So what makes this hotel different from others? For starters, no lights come on in this hotel before 6 pm. The large French windows make sure that’s there’s ample sunlight across the hotel — from the rooms to the lobby. The Claridges calls it energy efficient windows, which they claim saves them up to 30 per cent energy. The energy efficient electrical system which automatically corrects power and uses dimmer according to the time of day, certainly can have all of us taking a leaf from this book.

I’ve often wonder why a shower at a hotel is a lot more fulfilling than the one at home? Is it because the temperature and pressure make for a perfect shower or that we can use as much water as we want?

Well, fear not because at this ecotel, there is absolutely zero water discharge. Infact they use water very efficiently here by recycling it. With dual flushing in guest rooms, high efficiency irrigation system and rainwater harvesting system, this is the right way to conserve water.

Even their pool uses heating only when it’s covered and the hotel tries its best to use solar water heating on most day’s possible. Howzzat for environment friendly?

So pack your bags and head to this hotel, which is hardly 15 kms from GK2 and is so quiet that you’d think you’re not even close to the capital. And perhaps, just perhaps you could learn a lesson or two.