SaveMoneyCutCarbon CEO Mark Sait shows in a Hospitality Net feature how hotels can save billions annually through water efficiencies.
Mark’s article in the industry’s leading news and knowledge portal picks up on a new study by the Malta Business Bureau (MBB) and presented to the EU, that shows how around 1.4 billion Euros annually can be saved by hotels through better water management.
Water flow rate regulation through eco showers and eco taps, together with greywater recycling could save more 365 trillion litres and reduce the energy used to heat water, resulting in around 1.8 million tonnes of CO2 emissions reduction.
It is heartening to read a study that amplifies from an independent standpoint the savings benefits that my company has seen in its work with the sector, where investment in water flow reduction solutions has been proven to deliver excellent savings and very rapid payback.
The study’s water audits identified that flow rates of 7 litres per minute for shower and 5 litres per minute for hand basins were best practice examples at leading 5-star resorts but that most hotels had flow rates which greatly exceeded these benchmarks.
In our experience in the UK most hotels we have worked with prefer a slightly higher flow rate with eco showers of 9 ltr/m although some opt for as low as 6 ltr/m. And many properties and groups choose a lower rate for eco taps, down to 3.5 ltr/m, reporting no negative guest reaction in every case.
The most pleasing aspect is that in hospitality environments, we have found that it is really easy to make a big difference to water consumption, energy use and carbon footprint. In fact, it is simpler than LED lighting retrofit, another area for massive energy savings.
It makes both economic and environmental sense to establish ways to reduce water consumption in the sector in ways that do not impact adversely on guest satisfaction. That can be a tricky balancing act as some solutions make the shower experience or tap use less than excellent.
That is why the sector needs to be careful in the choice of products – getting this wrong can be costly as negative guest reaction to poor water fittings upgrades can have a serious impact on the bottom line.
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