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RTG goes green

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The Rainbow Tourism Group (RTG) has embarked on a $7,5 million refurbishment of its Rainbow Towers, which it says will result in the group implementing environmentally-friendly systems.

The improvements are aimed at fulfilling RTGs commitment to new efforts to conserve the environment. The green revolution will include conserving the environment and saving electricity.

The refurbishment covers 244 rooms, public areas, a conferencing floor, as well as food and beverage outlets.

At least $500 000 is being drawn down a month for the exercise, which resumed in April and is scheduled to be completed in the first quarter of 2013.

RTG technical services manager Rodney Moyo said everything the group was using for the refurbishment had the ecosystem in mind.

We are going to use lighting with a light-emitting diode (LED) technology that consumes less voltage, he said.

This will see the hotel conserving between 35% to 40% on power. Where we have been using a 60 watt bulb we will replace that by three five watt LED bulbs

A LED is a semi-conductor light source. LEDs are used as indicator lamps in many devices and are increasingly used for other lighting.

Moyo said each room would also be installed with a technology that uses sensors and ensures that when guests exit the room, power supply to that room would automatically be cut off.

We will no longer be using unnecessary power as result of guests that would have forgotten to switch off appliances, he said.

As part of empowering local business, 70% of the work will be carried out by local contractors.

Forty-six rooms being refurbished covering floors 11 to 15, are expected to be ready at the end of next month subject to availability of all materials.
Some of our materials are at the border posts waiting for clearance, Moyo said.

Should everything be in order we should deliver the first rooms by June 30 this year.

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