18 November 2013
A hotel in leafy Warwickshire is greening up its four-star facilities by investing in energy saving showerheads available on tap from a neighbouring company.
Stoneleigh Park Lodge, set in the grounds of Stoneleigh Park, is having new environmentally-friendly showerheads installed in the en-suite bathrooms of its 58 bedrooms.
The showerheads are being supplied by renewable energy specialist Integr8, also based at Stoneleigh Park, and are designed to reduce water consumption and heating costs as well as ensuring a constant flow of hot water at peak times.
The innovative technology is based on air being injected into the waterflow which results in up to 70 per cent less water being used as each drop is plumped with oxygen.
Stoneleigh Park Lodge is operated by Grandstand – Stoneleigh Events, which manages the event spaces at Stoneleigh Park.
It can expect to benefit from significant savings in water and heating, as well as maintenance costs due to the showerheads being coated in a protective resin which combats the build-up of mineral deposits.
Helena Pettit, manager director of Grandstand – Stoneleigh Events, said:
We are pleased we were able to find an energy efficient solution supplied by one of our neighbouring businesses. We are looking forward to having Integr8’s showerheads installed and are sure our hotel guests will appreciate this environmentally friendly innovation.
The showerheads are aimed at the commercial market with higher shower usage such as hotels, gyms, health clubs and leisure centres.
They are among the latest additions to Integr8’s range of energy saving products as the company diversifies from its core business of solar panels, ground and air source heat pumps.
Philip Chapman, general manager at Integr8, said:
Where there is a high number of people wanting to have a shower at the same time, it can put pressure on the heating system, but if you are using less water, then you have to heat less water so it is a double cost saving.
Rather than potentially having to spend thousands of pounds on a new boiler to cope with the heating demand, these showerheads can be fitted at a fraction of the cost and save money on heating as well as reducing water consumption.
These are designed more for commercial use, but we have also started to supply an electronic device for homes with already installed solar PV panels that can provide free hot water. The device detects and diverts surplus energy that would normally be exported to the grid to heat water in the home.
Colin Hooper, estates director at Stoneleigh Park, said it reflected the ambition of LaSalle Investment Management to introduce environmentally-friendly initiatives as part of its transformation of the site into a centre for rural innovation and science.
Sustainability and the environment are a key focus of LaSalle’s plans to revitalise Stoneleigh Park and having Integr8 based here has provided a great opportunity for Stoneleigh Park Lodge to source this energy efficient system on site.