Bunkhouse reduces energy consumption
Published: 23 April 2012 - Joe Bush
A 5-star bunkhouse situated in the Brecon Beacons National Park, South Wales, has achieved savings in energy consumption and a substantial reduction in electricity costs following the installation of the VO4HOME domestic voltage optimisation system.
The installation of a VO4HOME system at Wern Watkin Bunkhouse, which has been graded Gold by the Green Tourism Business Scheme (the national sustainable tourism certification scheme for the UK), has led to savings of 17.6% in electricity consumption, complimenting other green products and initiatives, including a ground source heat pump and photovoltaic solar panels. The VO4HOME unit has also improved power quality.
Andrew Fryer, owner and manager of Wern Watkin Bunkhouse explained, “Due to the location of the bunkhouse we used to suffer from regular voltage surges, which resulted in recurring equipment failure, particularly water pumps. By installing the VO4HOME unit, power quality has improved and we have seen a marked reduction not only in electricity consumption, but also in the failure of electrical components. In fact, we haven’t lost a water pump since we installed the system.”
Commenting on the installation, Geoff Clifton, VO4HOME business development manager, said, “Wern Watkin Bunkhouse already boasted an array of green products and initiatives, including a ground source heat pump and photovoltaic solar panels, when they approached VO4HOME. By installing our voltage optimisation system, we were able to contribute to existing green efforts by not only optimising energy savings, but also by addressing power quality issues.”