The hotel which hosted Team GB’s cyclists during the Olympics is saving thousands of pounds on its electricity bills with energy saving technology.
Since bringing in voltage optimisation, the Foxhills Hotel and Resort in Surrey has cut its bills by £15,000 a year.
The Surrey club which has four swimming pools, 12 tennis courts, a spa, two championship golf courses and a conference centre, was running up monthly power bills of around £13,000 and an annual power consumption of more than 2 million kilowatt hours.
Facilities Director Ben Biggs said: “Our energy demand grows year on year and with it our bills rise so for some time we had been considering ways of tackling this problem. Foxhills is a very busy place; we’ve got a lot of guests moving through and a workforce of 150-160 people and that means a lot of energy used.”
Made by British manufacturer iVolt, the technology works by lowering the incoming voltage to the estate down to a steady 220v (+/-1.5%) – the level at which electrical equipment works most efficiently.
It also records the peaks and troughs of energy use, to help staff monitor their own behaviour and consumption.
Mr Biggs added: “By monitoring our energy consumption in real time it provides me with crucial information which I can then take to my staff to make them more conscious of the electricity we’re using – and in many cases wasting.”