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Energia makes room for energy savings at Powerscourt Hotel Resort & Spa

May 27

Competitive energy provider Energia has helped the luxury five star Powerscourt Hotel Resort & Spa reduce its carbon footprint by a massive 831 tonnes each year.

Energia makes room for energy savings at Powerscourt Hotel Resort & Spa

Energia makes room for energy savings at Powerscourt Hotel Resort & Spa

New energy efficient lights save over 831 tonnes of CO2 annually
Grant funding for projects that reduce running costs by up to 89%

 
27th May 2016 – Competitive energy provider Energia has helped the luxury five star Powerscourt Hotel Resort & Spa reduce its carbon footprint by a massive 831 tonnes each year.
 
After undertaking an extensive audit of the venue, Energia put together an energy efficiency plan for the hotel. A key feature of this was replacing 12,138 old incandescent light fittings with newer, more efficient LED lights.
 
Powerscourt Hotel Resort and Spa is one of Ireland’s most prestigious luxury five star hotels and destinations. Set in one of the most scenic and historic estates in the country Powerscourt Hotel is a 194-room resort showcasing Palladian-style architecture and offering guests a host of amenities. Recently named AA Hotel of the Year, two championship golf courses, a 30,000-square foot luxury spa by ESPA, a signature restaurant and traditional Irish pub are among this luxury hotel’s distinctive attractions.
 
The hotel has reduced its energy usage by I,788,389 kWh each year, lowering its carbon footprint by over 831 tonnes over the next twelve months. As importantly, the upgrade work has resulted in an annual saving of almost €213,000 on its energy bills.
 
This work was carried out under Energia’s “Cash for Kilowatts” scheme that provides grant funding to companies for energy efficiency projects. It means that any company carrying out an energy efficiency project can qualify for grant funding based on the amount of energy they save. The grant can fund up to 30% of the projectcost. This scheme is open to all businesses, whether or not they are customers of Energia. 
 
As well as benefitting from the generous grants, businesses will also make very significant ongoing savings through the energy efficiency projects. For example:
 
  • Lighting: LED and high efficiency lighting can typically reduce your lighting costs by up to 75%
  • Heating: a new boiler or heating controls can save over 25% of your annual fuel costs
  • Refrigeration: new systems can reduce your costs by up to 30%
 
Michael Byrnes, Director of Engineering at Powerscourt Hotel commented, “We are set in the heart of county Wicklow, the Garden of Ireland, so the environment is very close to our hearts. After Energia carried out a straightforward energy audit, we realised that for a relatively small investment we could significantly cut our energy bill and, more importantly, seriously reduce our carbon footprint, the decision was easy. The upgrade work was very smooth and had no impact on our operations.”
 
Kevin O’Kane, Energy Services Engineer, Energia commented, “Our ‘Cash for Kilowatts’ scheme is an important new initiative to promote energy efficiency upgrades among Irish businesses.”
 
“Our scheme encourages companies to see the importance of investing Full details are available on www.energia.ie/funding or by emailing energyservices@energia.ie.”
 
“Through the scheme we’re delighted to be supporting the national upgrade programme ‘Better Energy’ and the National Climate Change Strategy.  Since our initiative began Energia has supported over 600 projects around Ireland, which has saved them over €9 million a year on their electricity bills. Together we have saved 90,500,000 kWh per year and prevented 42 million tonnes of carbon being needlessly released into our environment.”
 
“Our scheme encourages companies to see the importance of investing in their long term energy usage. The more energy you save, the larger the financial contribution we will offer you. The aim of the grant is to shorten the financial payback period of your investment; our contribution covers on average 30% of the project total cost. Businesses can find out more by contacting Energia. Full details are available on www.energia.ie/funding or by emailing energyservices@energia.ie.”
 
“Energia has a long standing commitment to sustainability. This is one of the reasons why we are one of the leading providers of renewable energy to homes and businesses across Ireland. We currently supply over 795MWs of green power and thanks to a number of wind farms currently in development, we will soon increase this to 1,000MWs. Energia Group remains one of the most significant contributors to the achievement of Ireland’s renewable targets and one of the largest investors in the renewable sector.”
Energia has a 23% market share of the Irish business electricity and gas market supplying the energy needs of over 60,000 business customers.
 
Energia has offices in Dublin, Galway, Cork, Belfast and Omagh.

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