New York state Senator Rachel May and Assemblyman Harvey Epstein have introduced a bill requiring hotels and motels to implement default air conditioner temperature settings. If the legislation passes, default temperatures cannot be set below 75 degrees from May to October or above 64 degrees from November to April.
Guests would still be able to adjust the temperature in their rooms as needed. The bill is aimed at promoting energy conservation. Data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration reveals that hotels and motels consume an average of 14 kilowatt-hours of electricity and 49 cubic feet of natural gas per square foot annually.
The bill’s sponsors point out that the World Health Organization recommends minimum room temperatures of 64 degrees in colder months and 75 degrees in warmer months to safeguard public health. The legislative memo states that the default settings encourage energy-saving behavior while allowing guests to adjust the temperature as desired.
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