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Published: Thursday April 3, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Thursday April 3, 2014 MYT 8:19:40 AM

Two establishments do their bit to conserve energy during Earth Hour

GUESTS and hotel staff took turns to pedal a trishaw to power up the lights for a board at the launch of Earth Hour in The Federal Kuala Lumpur recently.

The 57-year-old three-wheeler is used every year during the event, which sees the hotel and its sister hotel next door, Hotel Capitol, switching off all essential lights for an hour.

The hotels’ general manager, Simon Leong, said this was the sixth time they were participating in the event, but their environmental efforts take place all year long.

“We recycle items from the hotel, such as plastic bottles and newspapers,” he said.

Shania Pooi Sook Yee (right), 14 turning hand-lever for the wheel which in turns creates energy to light up a bulb, the highlight of Hotel Capitol's Earth Hour celebrations.
Hotel guest Shania Pooi Sook Yee (right) turning the hand- lever. The wheel attached to the lever creates energy when turned, lighting the bulbs.

The hotel also uses environmentally friendly products, such as shampoo and soap, in its rooms while the laundry company they patronise uses eco-friendly materials.

Though Earth Hour always sparks interest, Leong said awareness on energy consumption was still low.

“Perhaps only 2% or 3% of the guests request the sheets not to be changed daily,” he said.

Earth Hour is a global event that began in Sydney, Australia in 2007 with the objective of creating awareness on climate change.

This year, the stars and director of the superhero flick, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, are also supporting the project. Hence, the hotel’s trishaw was decorated with a poster of the movie.

The Federal Kuala Lumpur and Hotel Capitol general manager Simon Leong said that only a small percentage of guests try to do their part to help the environment while staying with them but that such big changes in mindset takes a long time to happen.
Leong says only a small percentage of hotel guests try to do their part to help the environment.

“Children, especially, are drawn to super-heroes. It is a great way to spread the message that we can all save Earth, which can be seen as a superpower, too,” said the hotels’ group marketing, sales and business development and operations director Ooi Lee Ping.

Hotel Capitol put up a wheel that was turned using a hand-lever to generate energy to light up a bulb to mark Earth Hour.

Guests at the coffee house, The Verandah, also got to enjoy 50% off the buffet dinner by candlelight while those dining at the revolving restaurant had a bird’s eye view of the city and some of its iconic buildings that had turned out their lights to mark the occasion.


Tags / Keywords: Central Region, Earth Hour Federal Hotel Kuala Lumpur

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