Great Hallingbury Hotel
The lighting bill cut by 80%, the electricity bill reduced by more than 50% and removal of the need to purchase a £180,000 new supply from the sub-station have all resulted from a project completed by TCS for hotel management company Inn-telligence.
TCS was originally called in to carry out electrical compliance testing at Great Hallingbury Manor in Hertfordshire, a Tudor style mansion hotel that Inn-telligence was running for the Administrator after it was placed in administration.
Inn-telligence’s aim was to re-establish the hotel and generate levels of revenue to justify an adequate sale price. TCS quickly recognised that they could cut overheads by considerable margins and so help maximise profitability.
The hotel, situated just four miles from London’s Stansted Airport, had a generator in the car park – costing in excess of £2,000 a week - to meet the building’s supply requirements. Inn-telligence had spoken to the electricity supplier who suggested a new supply from the sub-station was the solution – and this would cost Inn-telligence around £180,000.
TCS were told this and they recommended carrying out load tests across the site and an energy review to reveal what was using most power in the building. They soon identified the issues and were able to devise and implement a strategy to significantly reduce energy usage at the hotel.
TCS reconfigured the incoming supplies to even the supply across the hotel by installing a new distribution system removing the need for the generator.
Other changes introduced included lighting throughout the site being replaced with various energy efficient light fitments and the electric-powered boiler was replaced with an oil-fuelled one.
The showers installed in the hotel were using four times as much water as they needed, which in turn was drawing significant power for heating. Water-reducing shower heads were introduced and coupled with use of oil-fired boiler to heat the water for them the showers are much more water and energy efficient.
Tap aerators and energy efficient kettles in guest rooms have also reduced usage.
The savings made at Great Hallingbury Manor as a result of work by TCS are significant. The new electricity supply from the sub-station is no longer required, the electric bill has been cut by more than half and the lighting bill is down by a staggering 90%. Payback on the investment was less than 10 months.
The hotel continued to operate while the work was carried out, with TCS staff working at times when customers were out to minimise disruption.
Commenting on the project, Inn-telligence Operations Director Ben Elder says: “I have nothing but praise for TCS. They are professional, well priced, amenable and flexible. They originally came in purely for compliance work and ended up project managing the energy programme for the hotel.
“I will be using them moving forward and have already placed significant work with them following their performance at Great Hallingbury Manor.”
TCS Director Dave Clements added: “Significant savings have been achieved as a result of our work at Great Hallingbury Manor and we are delighted to have been able to play a role in helping to turn it around.
“The hotel is now running on its own supply and is now a significantly more attractive proposition for potential purchasers.”