Holiday Inn, Plymouth
As part of the initial inspection carried out by Shaun Dodd, it was identified that although the hotel's plumbing was in good condition across the site there were a series of simple improvements which, if made, could account for worthwhile quick savings.
Source for Business helped the Plymouth Holiday Inn start to make substantial money savings following a visit from our experienced water efficiency auditor
For a hotel the size of the Holiday Inn Plymouth, one of the higher water usage areas is the toilet facilities. With over 200 toilets across the hotel this was identified as a priority area where water usage could be reduced immediately. At the time of the audit the majority of toilets were flushing at nine litres per flush, which is the standard rate for a cistern installed before 1993.
As part of Shaun's recommendations the hotel was advised to install a cistern displacement device, otherwise known as a Hippo or Save-a-Flush to all toilet cisterns. The device instantly saved up to 2.5 litres per flush, which on average resulted in a staggering 34,000 litres saved per week. What was even more satisfying for hotel manager Willem Hamel was that 233 Hippo and Save-a-Flush devices were given free as part of the audit and he could see the savings beginning to add up as soon as they were fitted.
Other recommendations identified to save water across the site included covering the hotel's swimming pool when not in use to limit evaporation, only using washing machines with a full load, installing passive infrared controls to urinals and reducing flow rates to basin taps.
Willem Hamel, hotel manager said: "As a large hotel with 211 rooms, seven conference suites, our panoramic restaurant and several bars, we were aware of our water usage and keen to reduce the amount of water we used across the hotel without impacting on the service we provide to our guests and facilities for team members.
"Following the advice given as part of the audit we have reduced our water consumption by 13% which equates to a saving of more than £13,500 over the year. It was a very useful exercise with fantastic results for our hotel and we keep moving on with this subject."
A comprehensive water audit can reveal much more than just water usage and leakage management. The process includes understanding water management techniques and usage, reviewing billing history and identifying and implementing improvements. The central aim of the water audit is to identify opportunities to use water wisely and reduce costs in any business, based on its size, number of employees or industry.