Finalists in the DLR Co EnviroCom Awards in 2016, The Beacon Hotel is proud to actively take part in preserving the environment. In an effort of sustainability of the hotel, we like to reduce, reuse, and recycle.
What are we doing to be green? We're excited to share with you some of the projects we have been taking on.
LED Lighting Project
In October 2015 we began the process of changing all of the light bulbs in the hotel to LED lighting. This has had a clear impact on our energy usage, waste, labour costs and energy costs. The project was undertaken by our maintenance department. Our maintenance team were able to source and install lighting which would be identical to the existing lighting, so the changes to the visual effect were negligible. Through the LED Lighting Project we have seen a massive reduction in our energy use and costs.
We have also focused on being more conscientious of the overall energy usage in the hotel. Through training sessions managed by our trainers within each department, we have been able to raise energy usage awareness throughout our staff as a whole.
Water & Gas Conservation
In June 2016, we installed a new Building Management System. This system allows us to have a better day-to-day gauge of our water and gas usage. Because we have more control, we will be able to cut down on unnecessary expenditure. We can remotely turn systems on and off, in turn giving us better access and the ability to react more quickly when systems need to be adjusted.
We are currently exploring the possibility of harnessing some of the heat from our kitchen air extract unit and linking it to a heat exchange system. We are also looking at interconnecting our central heating system and our water heaters through a heat exchange unit, incorporating a new storage cylinder. This will allow us to further reduce energy usage by using the existing central heating system to heat our water.
We have already taken steps towards these future plans, but still have a lot more to do and hope to keep improving our practices as we go on.