Some of our initiatives to date:
We were the first hotel group to install Combined Heat & Power (CHP) units in the estate making us less reliant on the electricity grid by generating our own electricity from a gas generator.
In our hotels, all light have been upgraded to LED bulbs and we incorporated sensor control into common areas so that the lights only operate upon person detection. We also have installed a Building Management system (BMS) that allows us to set time schedules on plant and equipment to ensure that they are only used at times of demand rather than needlessly running 24/7.
In the bedrooms, we use energy efficient air conditioning (a/c) which is an alternative to a central heating water – in addition to saving energy, if a temperature adjustment is required the effect is almost instantaneous. The bedrooms are also equipped with window sensors that disable the air conditioning if the window is open which saves energy as a/c is not effective in an open to elements room. We also switch off the a/c every 2 hours between 10am and 6pm to ensure that a/c is not left continuously on during the day when a room is vacant. Finally, we have Vincard room controllers which mean the lights and sockets will only work when the guest card is inserted in the controller.