Category Archives: Results

Year to 31st October 2010. How did we do?

In previous years our values for CO2 produced were

2005 1005471
2006 909004 10%
2007 808851 11%
2008 767439 5%
2009 767035 0%
2010 781315 -2%

In the last year our KG CO2 has increased 2%.

Now this might look bad on the face of it without any other information, we have done all this work on efficiency and then “balls it up” in 2010.

But what has happened is that the total room stock has risen from an average of 86 rooms for 2009 to 115 for 2010, a rise of 34%, whilst room occupancy has kept steady. So we have had 30% increased activity but only increased our CO2 from fossil fuels by 2.5%.

This masked the real work we did last year in investment in staff training and plant and equipment.

So overall I am quite chuffed.

What KgCO2 are we using per Unit?

I just got a call about this question we are using for electricity 0.43 Kg CO2 per KWhr, for gas 2.2Kg per M3, for water 0.261Kg Co2 per M3.

By the way the latest graphs are below for Kg Co2 we produce from Power, light and heat.

Figures YTD 5 months into financial year

We are 5 months into the financial year, with the best of the weather ahead to really test the solar heating capabilities.

Hopefully the next order of SMD lights will arrive next week.

Solar Panel that is on the roof of the Crown Spa Hotel

What have you been up to lately?

Attended the Y10 conference recently and was asked “what have we been doing on the green front lately?”

We installed the bio-boilers and are now moving them again to a more permanent location in transport container. All is not lost as the old pipe work will be used for the new laundry equipment as the laundry needed to expand with the increase in demand from the hotel business. I am very pleased as it is a good opportunity to install a new 10foot high accumulator which will make the heating system more efficient.

Rainwater harvesting install is going to plan and is already supplying the public toilets with rain water harvested from the roof.

Solar panels, these are producing a lot of hot water and the pool is presently the main benefactor as at this time of year most heat is produced when guests have left their rooms and are exploring the local area, at this time the control system is manually (will be fully automatic shortly) switched over to the pool heating circuit. The gas consumption in the pool area has fallen by 20% in the last month (year on year) for the pool boilers, though overall gas consumption is up in the financial year to date due to the cold weather in January 2010 which resulted in 30% increase in gas consumption that month.

LED lights, I am just about to place another order for LEDs (due to a lot of enquires), we will be shortly selling these items on eBay having satisfied ourselves that our supply’s are good quality. Overall the electricity usage did increase a little overall in January 2010 on prior year (bad weather and gloomy days), I am happy that the total financial year to date consumption is down on last year (again!)

So overall since November 2009 (the start of our financial year) to February 2010 we are

2% up on KG’s CO2 from gas consumption on prior year,

6.5% down on KG’s CO2 from electricity consumption on prior year,

35% down on CO2 from water consumption on prior year,

Resulting in a 2.5% less CO2 from the combined CO2 from power, light, heat and water consumption.

( NB Different types of energy are used to different quantities in the business, our biggest fossil fuel derived CO2 culprit is electricity, then gas then water, so if you really want to make big “inroads” into reduction of fossil fuel derived CO2 just turn the electrical items off when not in use, replace inefficient bulbs and turn that thermostat down!) You do not need to invest in expensive projects until you do the simple stuff that works first!

You also need to consider your own organisations circumstances, requirments and main useage culprits!

Did a talk to the Town Team on Sustainability

Did a talk to the Scarborough “Town Team” last night, I forgot that the town team is concerned with planning, as we have had some discussions over the years with a small minority of people whom want to see the Crown spa Hotel building remain exactly as it was in the “olden days” even if this means it will be a borderline 2 star hotel and run down.

So as I sat down and realised the above I thought “oh crap!” I expected that this was going to be a tough ride, however I was very pleasantly supprised at their reception and the discussions after the meeting. I basically the people at the meeting were not the “minority I have previously encountered. My talk covered the journey from 2005 to the present day and the future plans regarding the enviroment. I explained per the powerpoint what we have done, and took some show and tell items an “Effergy meter” (see below) a simple socket power useage measurer and 50w Halogen bulb, 2W old style LED and 2.5W SMD (a true 50W replacement). Overall it is not until you see the brightness of these lights in real life that you can really see where I am comming from with regard to them.

The year so far what have we produced in CO2!

Today I did a quick calculation on the amount of CO2 we produced on a rolling year to July 2009 compared to the previous rolling 12 month period, I got some strange but dissapointing results which puzzled me at first.

We have reduced tonnes of CO2 by 15 metric tonnes C02 produced from 776Kg tonnes (year to July 2008) to 761Kg tonnes (year to July 2009), roughly 2%. However this does not include the “to be finally fitted” solar panels, the “to be fitted” rainwater harvesting, the use of our LEDs for the full year in many areas (this has been a problem lately as many of the bulbs have failed and I am awaiting replacements) and the “to be finally fitted” wood burning boiler to power heated water for the laundry, it also masked the carbon saving of bringing the laundry in house (see below) which will be roughly 11KG tonnes CO2 since it was brought in house in January 2009.

So I can say we have saved around 3.5% CO2 (adjusted for the 11Kg tonnes CO2 above ) on the previous year at the moment, though on the face of it this does not appear to be a big saving and I must say i felt a little “down on the matter”.

So I got out the older figures and then I realised that in 2005 our values were 1,005,000 KG. So since 2005 we have reduced by 25% our CO2 impact and yet we have increased the number of room nights occupied in the hotel by 12.5% without the BIG CO2 benefit of having installed and fully running quick fixes things like solar panels abd wood burning boilers which would have affected the past values tremendously.

In previous years our values for CO2 produced were

2005 1,005,000 KG
2006 909,000 KG -10%
2007 809,000 KG -12%
2008 767,439 KG -05%
2009 761,662 KG -03%

Kg’s CO2 produced per room night has fallen from 45.7 in 2005 to 32.5 year rolling to July 2009 (I expect the this year’s “year end” results to drop further as the influence of the season starts with a busy August, September and October). So we will just have to wait and see.

The year so far what have we produced in CO2!

Today I did a quick calculation on the amount of CO2 we produced on a rolling year to July 2009 compared to the previous rolling 12 month period, I got some strange but dissapointing results which puzzled me at first.

We have reduced tonnes of CO2 by 15 metric tonnes C02 produced from 776Kg tonnes (year to July 2008) to 761Kg tonnes (year to July 2009), roughly 2%. However this does not include the “to be finally fitted” solar panels, the “to be fitted” rainwater harvesting, the use of our LEDs for the full year in many areas (this has been a problem lately as many of the bulbs have failed and I am awaiting replacements) and the “to be finally fitted” wood burning boiler to power heated water for the laundry, it also masked the carbon saving of bringing the laundry in house (see below) which will be roughly 11KG tonnes CO2 since it was brought in house in January 2009.

So I can say we have saved around 3.5% CO2 (adjusted for the 11Kg tonnes CO2 above ) on the previous year at the moment, though on the face of it this does not appear to be a big saving and I must say i felt a little “down on the matter”.

So I got out the older figures and then I realised that in 2005 our values were 1,005,000 KG. So since 2005 we have reduced by 25% our CO2 impact and yet we have increased the number of room nights occupied in the hotel by 12.5% without the BIG CO2 benefit of having installed and fully running quick fixes things like solar panels abd wood burning boilers which would have affected the past values tremendously.

In previous years our values for CO2 produced were

2005 1,005,000 KG
2006 909,000 KG -10%
2007 809,000 KG -12%
2008 767,439 KG -05%
2009 761,662 KG -03%

Kg’s CO2 produced per room night has fallen from 45.7 in 2005 to 32.5 year rolling to July 2009 (I expect the this year’s “year end” results to drop further as the influence of the season starts with a busy August, September and October). So we will just have to wait and see.