The hotel is now close to 100% LED and compact fluorescent energy saving lights. We use photocells to ensure our outdoor lights are only on when needed and sensors in many areas too. We are working to ensure our hotel lighting is totally low energy.
We use 100% renewable electricity throughout the business and we have installed two combined heat and power systems and array of solar thermal units. We use Ultra Violet filteration for our swimming pool to reduce our chlorine usage. Throughout the year we organise beach cleans for all our staff and run regular beach cleans for the Marine Conservation Society, providing data for their marine litter research.
Watergate Bay is a Tesla charging destination. We have two Tesla tethered charge points available, one in the main hotel car park and one in the village car park. We also have a universal type 2 tethered charge point which is compatible with any vehicle with type 2 charging. If you would like to charge your vehicle during your stay, please contact us ahead of your visit. These charging points are also available to those dining in The Living Space or Zacry’s.
We have reduced both our gas and water usage by a third and run an environmental management system to monitor our progress. Recycling rates have increased from 30% to 50% and are aiming to improve this to 80%. Already we recycle 100% of our glass as well as 100% of our food waste, which goes to an anaerobic digester.
With the help of the European Regional Development fund we have two combined heat and power systems (CHP) and an array of solar thermal.
The CHP units use gas from the grid to produce heat and electricity without wasting heat like a conventional power plant would. The solar thermal partly heats our swimming pool and the heat from our CHP units is used to keep our guests warm.
This reduces our carbon footprint by 207 tonnes per year and our electricity demand by 45%. That saves the same amount of carbon as 200 train journeys from London to Glasgow.
Reducing our water consumption is high on our agenda. With the help of South West Water we have invested in aerators for our taps, restrictors for our showers and reduced the amount to water needed to flush our toilets.
We love to recycle. We currently recycle at least 50% of our waste and are working towards recycling 80%. Our textiles and old uniforms are donated to the Salvation Army and we recently have collaborated with Surf Action to donate our wetsuits to war veterans, and their family and friends.