Six steps for care homes to cut energy bills and carbon footprint

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February 17, 2014

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Care homes and nursing homes can cut energy bills and their carbon footprint now with six simple steps.

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These six steps do not have to cost the earth but do make a substantial difference to the sustainability of care homes and nursing homes in the UK.

We know from our discussions with care homes providers how much they need to contain costs and improve quality of service. Energy bills have risen by nearly 40 per cent in the past three years. They are forecast to double again in the next decade.

At the same time, the role of residential and nursing homes has changed, and with the Care Home Bill currently going through Parliament, the focus on quality with efficiency has never been stronger.

Standard energy saving guidelines will help to make a difference to care home utility bills and carbon emissions but to make really significant inroads into spiralling utility costs, care homes and nursing homes can use these top-six energy and water saving tips.

There is also a significant, ongoing environmental bonus at the same time as you watch your energy and water use drop dramatically – you are helping to reduce carbon emissions.

Proven energy savings

We have proven case studies of massive savings, with no loss of quality in service, that are sustainable year on year from another sector where 24-hour use of utilities is a given – the hospitality sector.

For example, in the past year, we have fully managed energy and water saving initiatives with a wide range of hotels, small and large. At Puma Hotels, we delivered over £100,000 savings inside eight months, on their water-efficiency investment of £65,000. Puma Hotels case study:

And Radisson Blu Hotel Leeds saved 150KW energy per day by installing intelligent inverters to control air handling and pumps, which is the equivalent to over 3000 GU10 spotlights per day.

To learn more call us now on 0845 123 5464.

Six energy-saving steps

Step 1: Fit eco shower heads. Make sure you get the best quality to ensure long life and truly efficient use of water. You can cut your water usage by more than half and save energy used to heat water. Remember that there is no effect on shower quality if you choose the right model.

Step 2: Fit tap aerators. These mini-marvels, if they are the right quality, should amaze you with water savings over 50 per cent in many cases.

Step 3: If you plan to change your taps, fit eco taps – these are the most efficient and stylish on the market.

Step 4: Measure water use before and after so you have a benchmark you can refer to. Flow bags are a brilliant and simple way to do this.

Step 5: Fit LED lighting. This is simply the most efficient and best light-quality solution in care homes. You can choose from a full range including popular spotlights, tubes and panelsto ensure electricity savings of 85 per cent.

Step 6: For external floodlighting, fit an LED model. This delivers energy savings of 50-70 per cent. And for safety with ongoing savings, fit emergency lighting

We’re here to help so call us now on 0845 123 5464 to start saving and reducing impact on the environment.

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