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Mixed views on hotel wind turbine plans (Scarborough Evening News)

PLANS to install 16 wind turbines on the roof of a Scarborough hotel have received a mixed reaction.

The Crown Spa Hotel in Esplanade, which has previously won awards for its green initiatives, says the units would help it reduce its running costs, while decreasing its energy consumption and CO2 output.

Managing director Richard Frank said the scheme would help the hotel’s bid to reach renewable energy targets, bringing economic benefits through securing jobs and visitors to the area, and help raise awareness of climate change and renewable energy.

Scarborough Council has received a number of letters from members of the public in support of the proposal.

David Michael Ward, of Esplanade, said: “The proposed triple blade wind turbines are not in my opinion going to be an eyesore and look little more than a modern roof mounted tv aerial.”

Ray Springall, of Westbourne Park, said: “These wind turbines should be low in visual impact, should run in conjunction with the Solar panels and water reclamation projects the hotel has running and encourage other people to Green Energy production – we should all benefit.”

Alana Wood, of Redcliffe Road, said: “A company such as the Crown Spa should be praised for their high levels of commitment to making the world a greener place.”

Read more at the Scarborough Evening News website

Wind of change? (Scarborough Evening News)

A SCARBOROUGH hotel has unveiled plans to install 16 wind turbines on its roof.

The four-star Crown Spa Hotel in Esplanade says the “elegant and pleasing to the eye” units would help it reduce its running costs, while decreasing its energy consumption and CO2 output.

The hotel has previously won awards for its green initiatives, claiming a National Award for Excellence in sustainability in 2010 and an 87 per cent Gold rating at the Green Tourism Business Awards this year.

Administration director David Frank said: “During the last six years The Crown Spa Hotel Green Team has continually reappraised each area of our environment policy. Our main strategy is to investigate and implement new technology or practices to reduce CO2 produced directly and indirectly from fossil fuels and to agree as a management team ongoing best practice.

“The ever increasing cost of fuel for heat and power is a major risk to our business. If we as a business are to continue to prosper and compete as a leading independent leisure business in the region, we must attempt to ‘hedge our exposure’ to this risk.

“A requirement for further power generation can only be met by wind power as there is not enough space within the confines of the property for solar PV.”

Mr Frank added: “The total scheme will produce around 35,200 KWh per year, roughly around five per cent of our electrical consumption – equivalent to the electrical energy used by 7.5 average UK houses or 18 tonnes of CO2.

“This will result in the company reducing total running costs of the business by roughly £17,500 per annum and a payback period of 2.5 years and a reduced reliance on the volatile energy market.

Read more at Scarborough Evening News

Crown Spa Hotel Scarborough wind turbine proposal

A proposed mock-up of the Crown Spa Hotel Scarborough


During the last 6 years The Crown Spa Hotel in Scarborough Green Team has continually reappraised each area of our environment policy. Our main strategy is to investigate and implement new technology or practices to reduce CO2 produced directly and indirectly from fossil fuels and to agree as a management team on-going best practice. We have earned many awards such as a National Award for Excellence in sustainability (in 2010) and a rating of 87% Gold rating for the Green Tourism Business Awards (2011).

The main focus for this current period is reducing consumption and improving efficiency in our Energy and Waste Management processes – especially during these difficult economic times.

The ever increasing cost of fuel for heat and power is a major risk to our business. If we as a business are to continue to prosper and compete as a leading independent leisure business in the region, we must attempt to “hedge our exposure” to this risk.

We have always had 2 main strategic aims since 2006

•             Our main environmental vision is to reduce KG’s CO2 output from fossil derived energy used in Water, Light, Heat and Power by 25% by 2010 from our 2005 – through staff training, energy efficient SMD bulbs, insulation and investment in energy saving technology and indeed producing some energy from biomass and solar hot water heating; this has now been achieved.

•             The further aim is a 50% reduction from our 2005 levels by 2015 – this can only be achieved by investment in further power generation schemes and more technology to help manage energy consumption.

A requirement for further power generation can only be met by wind power as there is not enough space within the confines of the property for solar PV.

Each wind turbine should produce 2,200 KWh of energy based on average wind speeds in the area. The total scheme will produce around 35,200 KWh per year, roughly around 5% of our electrical consumption – Equivalent to the electrical energy used by 7.5 average UK houses or 18 Tonnes of CO2.

This will result in the company reducing total running costs of the business by roughly £17,500 per annum and a payback period of 2.5 years and a reduced reliance on the volatile energy markets.

The choice of design of wind power units, have been ones which will both look elegant and pleasing to the eye, with minimum noise.

Please support our application by downloading a support letter here and sending it to

Regeneration & Planning, Town Hall, St. Nicholas Street,
Scarborough, YO11 2HG.

 

Crown Spa Hotel White Rose Award Finalist

SCARBOROUGH’S tourism industry is shining once again as a selection of the town’s businesses are named as finalists for this year’s White Rose Awards.  The awards, dubbed the “Oscars of the tourism industry”, recognise quality tourism across Yorkshire.  The Crown Spa Hotel, in the Esplanade, which also made the finals last year, is once again in the running, this time competing in both the Large Hotel of the Year category and for the Sustainable Tourism Award.  Also finalists for the second year running are the Sands seafront apartments which have made the shortlist for the Self Catering, Cruisers and Serviced Apartments award.  The Copper Horse, in Seamer, will be battling it out for the Yorkshire Pub of the Year title.

The roll of honour for October’s ceremony also features a number of business from across Ryedale and the Yorkshire Coast.  The Bed & Breakfast/Guest accommodation of the Year category features All Seasons Guest House in Filey, 17 Burgate in Pickering, and Moorlands Country House in Levisham.  Jasmine Park, in Snainton, will be battling it out against three other parks in the Caravan Holiday Park or Village award, while the White Swan Inn, in Pickering, is shortlisted for Small Hotel of the Year.  Whitby is also represented as The Leeway is shortlisted alongside Scarborough’s Crown Spa Hotel in the Sustainable Tourism Award.

Pickering could be in line for more awards with Cedarbarn Farm Shop and Cafe in the Taste of Yorkshire Award, and Pickering Tourist Information making the finals.  Janet Deacon, Welcome to Yorkshire area director for North Yorkshire, said: “It is fantastic news that so many businesses in our area have been shortlisted for the White Rose Awards.  “These awards really showcase the superb standard of the tourism offer in Yorkshire and being shortlisted is a superb achievement.  “We will now keep our fingers crossed and hope that many if not all those on the shortlist, walk away with an award later in the year.”  The winners will be crowned at a ceremony at Doncaster Racecourse on Monday October 10.

Via Scarborough Evening News

Stampfeet loyalty cards (Crown Spa Hotel)

We are happy to announce a Crown Spa Hotel loyalty card scheme. Currently you are able to get a free coffee for every 5 you buy.  However in time we will fill the remaining two slots with more offers.

Below we have provided step by step instructions, on how you can get involved with the loyalty scheme.


The scheme uses mobile phone technology, currently only available via iPhone and Android with Blackberry having an application soon.

Step 1: This is the easy part, download the application to your mobile, the application is free to use.
iPhone edition here
Android edition here

Step 2: Launch the application and create an account.  You should now be up and running.

Step 3: Go to the Crown Spa Hotel and order a coffee.

Step 4: When making the purchase find the Crown Spa Hotel in the application and click the offer.

Step 5: The Stampfeet app has a ‘Stamp your feet’ button which you click on while completing a purchase. The app will ask you to show your handset to the cashier/waiter who can then choose how many stamps to award you by typing in a code.

Step 6: Upon getting your 5th stamp your next coffee is free.

Two more offers will be avaliable to use on the handset quite soon

Crown Spa Retains Gold Green award and rises to 87% score!

We have just retained our GTB (Green Tourism Business) Gold rating at 87%, which is pretty good if we must say ourselves.

 To celebrate this we are offering ( and coinciding with the National Green Tourism Week) free charging for electric cars in the car park.

The four-star Crown Spa Hotel in Scarborough is to offer people with electric cars a 2 hour of complimentary charge from one of its four new charging points during Green Tourism Week (June 6-12).

A 2 hour charge provides roughly 40 miles of travel for an electric vehicle, and visitors are invited to enjoy a complimentary “Heavenly Coffee” for the driver in the hotel while it is completed.

The spaces are available on a first come first served basis and will be open from 0900 to 1930 at night. Offer limited to one visit per vehicle during the week.

Electricity conservation and the energy crisis

Much of the focus on the energy crisis in the UK has been upon the cars we drive, and with good reason. Cars burn fossil fuels, creating smog consisting of greenhouse gasses, which then traps the heat of the sun and warms the environment. This causes global warming, which is a very real threat to our continued well-being as a species.

 But you shouldn’t just focus on your car. Energy conservation at home can help play a part in the energy crisis, and electricity conservation can also put a few pounds in your pocket at the end of every month.

 I always remember learning this basic fact that, for each degree you lower your heat during the winter, your heating bill will be roughly 3% less. An added bonus of running cooler in winter is that you don’t feel the cold as much and you burn up to 100 more calories a day, without any effort.

 This applies in the summer as well, with the preponderance of air conditioners from DIY outlets going full blast morning, noon and night. When it comes to electricity conservation, it’s a year-round concern.

Why? Well,the risk of global warming is a real threat that could have devastating consequences.

 The following is from wikipedia.org’s entry on the subject:

 Global warming is the increase in the average temperature of the Earth’s near-surface air and oceans since the mid-20th century and its projected continuation. Global surface temperature increased during the last century. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes that increasing greenhouse gas concentrations resulting from human activity such as fossil fuel burning and deforestation caused most of the observed temperature increase since the middle of the 20th century. The IPCC also concludes that variations in natural phenomena such as solar radiation and volcanoes produced most of the warming from pre-industrial times to 1950 and had a small cooling effect afterward. These basic conclusions have been endorsed by more than 40 scientific societies and academies of science,[B] including all of the national academies of science of the major industrialized countries. A small number of scientists dispute the consensus view.

 Climate model projections summarized in the latest IPCC report indicate that the global surface temperature will probably rise further during the twenty-first century. The uncertainty in this estimate arises from the use of models with differing sensitivity to greenhouse gas concentrations and the use of differing estimates of future greenhouse gas emissions. Some other uncertainties include how warming and related changes will vary from region to region around the globe. Most studies focus on the period up to the year 2100. However, warming is expected to continue beyond 2100 even if emissions stop, because of the large heat capacity of the oceans and the long lifetime of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

 An increase in global temperature will cause sea levels to rise and will change the amount and pattern of precipitation, probably including expansion of subtropical deserts. The continuing retreat of glaciers, permafrost and sea ice is expected, with warming being strongest in the Arctic. Other likely effects include increases in the intensity of extreme weather events, species extinctions, and changes in agricultural yields.

 But even if you drive is not to combat global warming, being energy efficient means you can have more money for those “rainy days” that can catch us out once in a while.

Third Carbon Trust Survey

Just had out 3rd Carbon Survey, conducted by Paul Reading (www. reddingweb.co.uk ).

Targets and opportunities to look at this time are:

  1. Staff and Customer Energy Management awareness
  2. Monitoring and Targeting
  3. Reduce Energy for Catering Operations
  4. Heating Control Improvements
  5. Variable Speed Drives for pumps
  6. Consider CHP
  7. Solar Energy Options

1. Staff training is always a good thing and should permanently be on these reports to remind us that it is the people who waste energy not equipment!

2. We already have a target of 50% on our 2005 energy usage levels, and calculate against turnover, activity levels etc… Monitoring would be much easier though if “networked data loggers” were cheaper!

3. The Catering side can be responsible for large amounts of energy wastage, so more training and monitoring needs to be implemented here.

4. Heating control improvements, we are just looking at replacing our existing system with a better system at the moment.

5. Variable Speed Drive for Pumps (VSD); talk of the devil! Just after the inspection a couple of our pumps failed (2HP) and we were going to swap them for VSD pumps. However, when you work out the cost and consider the fact that they are small 2hp the payback time was ludicrously long! Sop the option failed the economic test!

6. Combined Heat and Power (CHP); I am really up for this but we recently changed our water heaters for brand new Lochinvar 98% efficient units. Shame, I really wanted to produce our own electricity.

7. Solar Energy options; the solar system needs a better control system, which we are looking into at the moment.

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.

VO or Voltage Optimisation, to do or not to do?

VO or Voltage Optimisation, to do or not to do?

Basically VO (Voltage Optimisation) is a term given to the systematic controlled reduction in the voltages received by an energy consumer to reduce energy use, power demand and reactive power demand. While some voltage ‘optimisation’ devices merely reduce the voltage using a transformer, others give the end-user the ability to control and optimise their electricity supply locally, correcting voltage and power quality problems from the grid, and are designed to do so very efficiently. Voltage optimisation systems are typically installed in series with the mains electrical supply to a building, allowing all its electrical equipment to benefit from an optimised supply.

In the UK, where there is a particular problem with over-voltage, voltage optimisation as an energy conservation is growing rapidly in popularity.

So what does all that mean, well basically if you have 3Phase AC Motors, Lighting (fluorescent), electrical heaters you can get savings of 8%+, for a quite considerable investment (£40-50K+).

Is this any good for us, I have now had two decent consultants (whom I know personally, so trust their opinion) and they are in agreement with myself, VO will not benefit a property with mainly LED lighting, no electrical heaters.

Localised VO units fitted to a supply which directly feeds say for example a fluorescent lighting circuit in the gym (soon to be replaced with SMD strip lighting) will be most beneficial, and can be acquired much cheaper that a unit fitted at the main supply input; these smaller units can be bought for £2-3K each.