Welsh Rarebits, the collection of boutique and luxury independently-owned hotels, has joined forces with Carbon Trust Wales to help the group reduce energy costs and boost sustainability.
The Carbon Trust has a track record of helping the hotel sector and, throughout the UK, has identified that the hospitality industry could save around £200m in energy costs by implementing some simple efficiency measures.
“We have found that it is possible to cut energy consumption by up to 20 per cent without compromising on comfort,” explains Lee Evans, account manager with the Carbon Trust.
“This 20 per cent cut in energy costs could equate to a 5 per cent increase in sales.”
Mike Morgan, director at Welsh Rarebits, and owner of Llansantffraed Court hotel, says that the initiative makes good sense for the hotels in the group.
“Saving money on energy means that this extra cash can be spent more profitably elsewhere. Many hotels have a green and sustainable policy, and saving energy fits in with this ethos.
“Many changes to an establishment’s energy consumption can be made without any outlay of the hotel’s part, but, if a capital outlay is needed, for example to replace a heating system or install a new boiler system, loans at favourable rates are available,” he adds.
The Carbon Trust is working hard to help Wales move towards the sustainable, low carbon economy.
The organisation has worked with a number of top hotels in Wales, including Lake Vyrnwy, Powys.