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Our Green Journey, Eco Friendly Hotels Devon | The Arundell Arms

Our Green Journey


We have always cared deeply about our environment. After all, we know that lots of our guests come here to enjoy our beautiful countryside and rivers. As guardians of 20 miles of rivers, we take our responsibility seriously.

Since 2009 we have been working on making our hotel as green as possible. This hasn't been easy in a 300 year old building! 

We have made huge strides though and done lots of things some small, such as fitting low energy light bulbs, and some large, like building an Eco Energy Centre to heat the hotel. Collectively though these have all reduced our fossil fuel consumption on site by 70%. 

Our new Eco Energy Centre was commissioned in February 2013 and now provides all of the heat and hot water for the hotel. 

For the technically minded, it contains a Hargassner 198 KW biomass boiler burning wood pellets. There is a store containing approximately 24 Tonnes of pellets. 

On the roof is a 4 KW photovoltaic array generating electricity. This also provides power for our electric car charging points. We have a 16A charger and 32A Fast Charging Point - both are free for our guests to use. 

The wood pellets come from fast growing trees sustainably harvested in southern England. 

Eco Energy Centre Performance  to end March 2014 
CO2 Saved  254 Tonnes 
Heat generated 443 Mw Hours 
Electricity 3940 Kw Hours

 

 

 

 

In May 2013 we won the prestiguous PEA Business Award for Tourism. This national competition recognises those people and organisations who have made an outstanding contribution to their business environment. 

We were delighted to win the Devon Environmental Business Initiative award or "DEBI" in 2012.

In November  2013 we won Silver in the Devon Tourism Awards for Sustainable Tourism.

In February 2014 we won the Southwest Tourism Excellence Silver Award for Sustainability 

These awards reflect so well on the whole team and what their collective efforts have acheived as well as the practical measures that we have taken over recent years: 

We reduced our LPG consumption by 48% by:

   Replacing our solid plate gas cookers with 6 ring burners

   Replacing our gas ovens with efficient combi ovens 

We reduced heating energy consumption by 10% by:

·         Upgrading loft insulation
·         Lowering the hot water and radiator temperatures
·         Fitting new boiler controls
 
We reduced water bills by:
·         Investing £18,000 in a borehole and pumps.
·         Bottled water replaced with bottles refilled in house using a water filtration and carbonization system – saving 12,000 glass bottles from landfill 
·         Fitting economisers to 40 x WC cisterns
 
We reduced electricity usage by 11% even with higher hotel bedroom occupancy by:
·         Installed a £9,000 voltage optimisation system
·         Replaced over 200 traditional bulbs with low energy bulbs
 
We reduced landfill and chemical usage by 60% and saved £7,500  through:
·         Using a waste compactor to recycle all plastic and cardboard.  This reduced our 1100L skips going to landfill from 6 to 2 a week
·         Installing a new chemical dosing system throughout the hotel and retrained the staff. This reduced chemical use by 65%
 
We reinforced our local connections with local suppliers
·         95% of food is fresh and seasonal - majority from local suppliers
·         The menus in all 3 restaurants are seasonal and changed daily
·         Local suppliers are celebrated in our menus
·         We restored our old kitchen garden and now grow our own fruit and vegetables. The vegetable gardener is listed on our menus alongside our other suppliers.
 
Our hotel and pub remain at the heart of our village village community
We subsidise a weekly lunch for Help the Aged and meeting rooms for WI and local history society. We sponsor our village cricket, rugby and football teams. 
 
Guests arriving by bus, cycle or electric car will benefit from a 20% discount off our standard tariff!

We have free secure bicycle storage

We have 16A and 32A electric car charging points powered by our photovoltaic system which is free for guests to use.

We have a very good bus service that provides an hourly service to Exeter or Newquay the No 510. It stops right outside the hotel and goes direct to the Station at Exeter so it is a really convenient service for our guests. 

 As we reduce our prices by 20% if you use the bus, your bike or electric car to travel here, you really have no excuse not to come here! 

 

 

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