Wednesday 7 December 2016

Five-star effort making big savings at Hayfield Manor

Jane O'Faherty

Published 28/09/2016 | 02:30

Ettienne Van Vrede, general manager of Hayfield Manor, Cork. Pic Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision
Ettienne Van Vrede, general manager of Hayfield Manor, Cork. Pic Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

A five-star hotel has reduced its annual costs by more than €37,000 with measures from LED lights to a special swimming pool cover.

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Cork city hotel Hayfield Manor installed a combined heat and power plant with the help of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).

A CHP plant performs the dual function of producing heat and power. In other words, it uses the heat generated when creating electricity, instead of wastefully releasing it into the atmosphere.

As the hotel's swimming pool was the area where most energy was used, management also invested in a pool cover that reduced heat loss and evaporation.

It all added up to an annual cost saving of €37,300.

General manager Etienne Van Vrede said those efforts were the beginning of a new move towards energy efficiency.

"Recently, we have changed all our lights, and we now have LED lighting," he said. "That's a reduction of 25 watts to 4.5 watts. We'll see the financial savings from that in the next year."

Director of finance Michael Scally said: "What got us thinking first was energy prices - that was part of it. But the possible environmental impact of it was a big factor as well."

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