Locally-based ENWORKS advisers from Groundwork Merseyside carried out a series of free, on-site reviews at bars and hotels in the Group's leisure division, to identify simple ways of using resources like energy, water and materials more efficiently.
As a result of ongoing support to implement these recommendations, 410,200 kilo-Watt hours (kWh) of electricity and natural gas have been saved per year, bringing annual carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) savings of 188 tonnes. These savings will continue to accrue, year-on-year.
The group was particularly interested in finding straightforward ways to reduce its energy consumption, and lighting was identified as a key area to be addressed.
ENWORKS recommended a series of upgrades to different types of lighting systems, focusing on areas where lights were commonly left on for 24 hours a day.
At Sir Thomas’ Hotel in the city centre, energy-intensive lights in the bar, corridors and hallways were replaced with more efficient LEDs, to save £2,900 on annual electricity bills and over 18 tonnes of CO2e per year. The upfront cost was less than £2,000.
A similar project at the Park Hotel at Aintree resulted in savings of £4,100 and over 26 tonnes of CO2e per year, from an investment of just £500 in new lamps.
At Café Sports England on Stanley Street, £12,600 and 67 tonnes of CO2e were saved, and similar work was carried out at Newz Bar, where additional savings of £2,700 were made through a 'switch off' campaign for electrical items such as TVs and stereos, which were being left on outside of trading hours.
ENWORKS also provided advice to another property on how to use regular electricity and gas monitoring to detect and address anomalies in standard billing and consumption patterns.
In all, reviews were carried out at two hotels, three bars and the group’s central offices, highlighting ways of reducing annual utility bills.
In the pipeline
ENWORKS’ recommendations also included measures for reducing mains water consumption, for example by fitting low-cost aerators to taps or simple water-saving devices to toilet cisterns. These could help the group to save 510m3 of water per year.
Advice was also given on voltage optimisation technologies, improving the efficiency of air conditioning systems and implementing effective energy management campaigns for electrical equipment, to help reduce unnecessary energy consumption.
Together, these projects could reduce the group’s energy and water costs by another £3,300 per year.
'Eye on results'
Vincent Charnley, operations manager at The Flanagan Group, described working with ENWORKS as "a simply explained and executed system of survey reports and practical solutions, with a sharp eye on results".
He added: "The environmental and commercial benefits go hand in hand, and it gave us a tremendous sense of satisfaction to see the end results."
Case study published on 28 June 2012