QHotels is a chain of 21 unique four-star hotels, each with its own individual character. It takes corporate responsibility extremely seriously and recognises that environmental sustainability is of the utmost importance to customers, team members, local communities and investors.
Since 2008, when it launched a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Steering Group, sustainability has become the cornerstone of the business and encompasses the way it does business each and every day.
Early emphasis on energy efficiency and sustainability means that the company has been able to develop and improve its property portfolio over time. As such, many of its hotels are already leaders in sustainable hospitality – all are accredited with the Green Tourism Business Scheme. QHotels was also named AA Eco Hotel Group of the year in 2011/12.
Most businesses see energy savings as a way to mitigate cost or operational risk from their businesses. But for hotels, environmental action is often about improving the reputation of the establishment.
Few industries have such a shop window, where environmental poor performance is so open to scrutiny. Most hotels chains are proactive in how they help the environment – from towel reuse and pillow top messages to shampoo recycling and low-flow shower heads. Nevertheless, as customers we all want a night in a hotel to feel like luxury, so there remains a difficult balancing act.
Where do hoteliers turn if shampoo recycling and cutting down on the fresh towels doesn’t fit with the company ethos? Maintaining a welcoming, bright and comfortable environment for guests means that some measures may not be feasible.
Energy efficiency implementations that require behavioural change are difficult to enforce. Fortunately, voltage optimisation is ideally suited to work passively across a site without affecting business operations. What’s more, because a large proportion of energy use in hotels comes from lighting and air conditioning, voltage optimisation tends to achieve excellent energy savings.
A key consideration when determining a supplier for voltage optimisation is the installation itself. powerPerfector only uses qualified, experienced and approved electrical contractors to ensure the unit is expertly and painlessly added to a site’s existing electrical infrastructure.
The Nottingham Belfry installation was carried out by Tech Compliance, an approved installation partner of powerPerfector. Beyond the industry safety standards, Tech Compliance engineers have been assessed, tested and trained to work on powerPerfector projects. This means that our clients can have faith that each installation will be carried out to the highest quality and standards.
The seasonality of hotels is something that we are used to dealing with, scheduling appropriate times to shutdown is part and parcel of the work our installation teams and PRINCE2 Project Managers do, we can even provide backup generation if necessary to avoid a shutdown altogether.
In this case, all preparatory work was carried out in normal working hours to ensure that the final changeover onto an optimised supply was as quick as possible. Working with the client we arranged a site shut down at 2pm on a Sunday afternoon, in order to minimise disruption to hotel operations.
The installation of powerPerfector at the Nottingham Belfry has reduced electricity consumption by 11.6%. This level of reduction equates to an annual carbon dioxide emissions saving of 100.2 tonnes and an annual financial saving of £15,700.