We like to share good news … so we wanted to write about our money-saving and carbon-cutting partnership with leading UK hotel group Puma Hotels’ Collection.
We’ve completed the first phase of a longer-term programme, which has delivered massive savings in water bills to Puma Hotels’ Collection across its UK properties.
The 21 hotels within the Puma Hotels’ Collection have seen immediate savings in both water and energy costs, reflecting our forecasts.
What’s more, the group’s daily contribution to climate protection begins every time their guests steps under the shower. These savings were delivered through SaveMoneyCutCarbon providing an end-to-end solution.
We started the process at the end of last year when each hotel was visited by one of our surveyors. The visits enable them to establish existing flow rates across showers and hand basins in guest rooms, leisure clubs and public areas.
Armed with this detailed information, our UK services team plugged the data into a sophisticated financial modelling tool which in turn demonstrated where savings could be made by retro fitting EcoSmart water-saving technology, adjusting flow rates to optimum levels without effecting guest satisfaction.
This was then overlaid with other key details that have an impact on real savings and paybacks such as occupancy, usage assumptions and local utility prices.
The final result was a clear picture for Puma’s senior management showing exactly what products needed to be replaced and, equally important, where no action was needed.
With clear savings both in water, waste and the energy used to heat the water and assured carbon reductions, an investment decision could be made, based on clear payback in under 12 months.
We are one of the leading supply partners of global manufacturer Hansgrohe and offer that company’s full range of products, with EcoSmart water saving technology providing a luxury shower experience but at optimum flow rates.
Puma Hotels decided to use the projected savings to standardise on a range of shower heads from Hansgrohe to also enhance their bathrooms, giving a fresh and modern look. Identifying the opportunity, specifying the right EcoSmart product, demonstrating savings and showing the payback was just the first part of the project.
Field Services Team
There are impressive savings available, but nothing is saved if the product is delivered and then is not installed properly – if at all.
This is where the SaveMoneyCutCarbon UK Field Services Team can add another level of service, delivering to site and project managing the install, reporting back to Puma management when each hotel is complete, so measurement of savings can commence.
We found that some hotel showers in the Puma Hotel guest rooms were running at in excess of 20 litres per minute. The Hansgrohe EcoSmart shower head, which we have thoroughly tested, ensures a minimum of 50 per cent less water use, with no effect on the shower experience. It is also guaranteed for five years, which gives large groups like Puma Hotels’ Collection additional peace of mind.
The average tap flow across the Puma estate was 18 litres per minute and we have reduced this to 5 litres per minute.
Puma Hotels’ Collection chose to partner with SaveMoneyCutCarbon because of this unique ability to deliver a full-service solution through its UK-wide Field Services team, from planning through to survey, purchase, delivery, installation and monitoring.
We also further reduced the hotel group’s carbon footprint by sourcing and delivering the shower heads directly to each hotel, using our own green-aware distribution system, rather than other carbon-intensive carriers in the UK.
SaveMoneyCutCarbon worked closely with each hotel’s maintenance teams to demonstrate and guide the installation process and, in several cases, had to source bespoke manufacturing solutions to meet some of the more complex plumbing and fitting challenges before completing the installation process.
Martin Kinnaird, Puma Hotels’ Collection’s Group Technical Services Manager told us: “The fact that SaveMoneyCutCarbon not only fulfilled their commitment to delivering the end-to-end solution we required but also went further by sourcing bespoke fittings for some our hotels was very impressive. We will continue to work with them in other sustainability projects over the next year.”
And Paul Nisbett, Puma Hotels’ Collection Financial and Commercial Director, told us: “The most satisfying part of our sustainability partnership with SaveMoneyCutCarbon is the fact that after we quickly recoup our investment, we will continue to save money month on month.”
SaveMoneyCutCarbon is now working with the hotel group in moving to the second phase with a focus on saving money and reducing energy costs while cutting carbon in other areas with high water use – the hotel gyms and leisure clubs – as well as new focuses on heating and ventilation and boiler management.
We are delighted to be the partner-of-choice for Puma Hotels, which takes seriously the need to save money on utility bills like water but also wants to reduce its carbon footprint, through reduced water-heating costs.
We’ll leave the final word to Mike Jourdain, head of property and development for Puma Hotels’ Collection: “I had heard of SaveMoneyCutCarbon’s excellent reputation for going the extra mile in delivering end-to-end solutions through their Field Services team, which is why I chose them to partner with us on this complex project. The savings delivered have exceeded our expectations and SaveMoneyCutCarbon not only met our exacting deadlines but also used their knowledge and experience to ensure that the whole process ran smoothly.”
If you are looking for a quality solution that cuts your water consumption and reduces carbon emissions, Hansgrohe products are just what you need.