Hotels: Future-proofing the Bottom Line

biomass-hotelIn today’s ever-competitive tourism market, ironing out the bottom line is just as important as attracting new business. Hotels are always under pressure to keep their expenditure down without compromising on quality, and little tweaks here and there can make a big difference overall.

But what many clever accommodation managers are realising is that there’s one giant tweak that they can make: a huge change to the way they run their business that can offer significant savings, an incentive for customers to book and cashback payments from the government.

The Promise of Biomass

Saving energy in hotels is something that used to mean reduced guest comfort and dwindling bookings. After all, who wants to stay in a hotel that’s only heated twice a day in the dead of winter? Most of us love the luxury of being able to enjoy a deep, hot bath without worrying about the impact on our next round of utility bills. Taking that luxury away from visitors will almost always mean that they don’t come back.

Fortunately, we now live in a world where being green can be beneficial to both hotel and guest. Establishments across Europe have been using biomass boilers, burning sustainable fuel to heat their buildings and water, for many years and the trend is also picking up at a steady pace across the UK.

The Perks

The popularity of biomass boilers in the UK really started to take off at the introduction of the government’s RHI (Renewable Heat Incentive), the first of its kind in the world. Launched in July 2011, the scheme rewards businesses (as well as domestic customers) with cashback payments in reward for switching to biomass fuels.

That’s on top of the savings already made on not having to buy fossil fuels. And the warm and fuzzy feeling of knowing you’re not plundering the limited amounts of fossil fuels left on our planet! What’s more, being a truly eco-friendly hotel is a powerful message to string across your marketing materials.

Vital Statistics

So what is your average hotel looking at in terms of savings and return on investment? Everyone loves the figures.

A 29-room hotel in Carmarthenshire recently installed two 99kW Guntamatic Powerchip boilers in a cascade system, along with a 5,000-litre thermal store. Projected RHI payments are approximately £22,600 a year (over a period of 20 years), fuel cost savings are 20-40% (vs. heating oil) and the hotel can expect full ROI within three to four years.

Sustainability for Everyone

With the cost of fossil fuel rising at alarming rates, it’s little wonder that hotels and other businesses are flocking to biomass installers to save their businesses.

Investing this upfront capital in your hotel can mean many more profitable years in business, happier guests and a boosted contribution to protecting our environment. Finding this capital isn’t always easy, but attractive finance packages are available in further support of this positive energy movement.

Treco, established in 2005, has been at forefront of the UK’s biomass industry for more than eight years. If you need advice from the experts on how best to integrate a biomass heating system, they are always happy to help.

Plus, Treco is currently offering a free weekend break with every biomass boiler purchased in July and August 2014 (plus £500 with which to pamper yourself!). Choose from a raft of hotels across the UK, all of which currently use a biomass heating system: a perfect opportunity to ask questions and check out the benefits first hand.

So if you’re running a hotel and you’re concerned about your business’s future, it’s time to blaze a trail for your competitors and get involved in biomass.

It’s the future.

Salman Zafar

Salman Zafar is the Founder of Cleantech Solutions, and an internationally-acclaimed blogger, journalist, consultant, advisor and ecopreneur. His areas of expertise includes waste management, renewable energy, waste-to-energy, environment protection, resource conservation and sustainable development.
Salman is a prolific environmental writer, and has authored more than 300 articles in reputed journals, magazines and websites. He is proactively engaged in creating mass awareness on renewable energy, waste management, sustainability and conservation all over the world.
Salman can be reached on salman@cleantechloops.com.

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