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The Sheldon Hotel
Small changes at the Sheldon Hotel in Eastbourne have made a big difference to their energy bills. Following a free energy audit and a £1,000 grant from the Energy Efficient East Sussex programme, the family-run 4 star bed and breakfast have implemented a range of measures to reduce electricity and gas usage, saving over £1,150 per year.
Owner Judith Brown said, “The energy auditor showed us how to adjust the settings to most efficiently run our heating system as well as explained the benefits of low-cost measures such as draught proofing.”
“We have been doing a little bit each month and are seeing a real difference in our energy usage.”
The benefits of draught proofing are often overlooked. A draught can make a room feel colder than it actually is, leading to the heating being turned to a higher temperature than would be necessary. Draughts often occur when building services (e.g. pipework) penetrate a wall or floor, or from gaps around windows or doors.
A recommendation from their energy audit, the Sheldon Hotel have draught proofed sash-windows as well as fitted a chimney balloon to reduce heat loss from a disused fireplace, achieving annual savings over £100. Reflective foil has also been placed behind radiators to reduce the amount of heat that is lost through external walls.
Annual Energy Cost Savings
· Draught proofing = £100
· Hot water settings = £380
· Energy efficient lighting = £700
The hotel has a combination of gas and electric water heating. Resetting controls so that the gas boiler is used as standard and the electric immersion heaters only used when there is a high demand for hot water, has saved around £170 per year. With gas a less carbon-intensive fuel then electricity, this simple measure also helps reduce the hotel’s carbon footprint by 2.9 tonnes per year.
On the top floor of the building, not reached by the gas heated hot water supply, setting immersion heater timers to take advantage of the hotel’s day / night rate electricity tariff has resulted in an additional £210 annual saving.
Judith has used these savings, along with the £1,000 grant from the Energy Efficient East Sussex programme to install energy efficient lighting. Sensor-controlled LED spotlights in the hotel reception have reduced annual electricity consumption by 6,400 kWh and costs by £700.
Time delay switches have also been fitted to prevent lamps being left switched on in cupboards and staff areas. These can be set to automatically turn-off the light 10 seconds to 20 minutes after it is switched on, to suit the use of the room.
Energy Efficient East Sussex is funded by East Sussex County Council and the EU to help local businesses improve profitability and reduce their carbon footprint.
Energy Efficient East Sussex helped SMEs reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions by over 150 tonnes. It was funded by East Sussex County Council and delivered by the Sustainable Business Partnership CIC.